Elizabeth S. Vidon
Wilderness state of mind: expanding authenticity
Vidon, Elizabeth S.; Rickly, Jillian M.; Knudsen, Daniel C.
JILLIAN RICKLY Jillian.Rickly@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Tourism
Daniel C. Knudsen
This paper challenges the overuse of existential authenticity as a categorical umbrella encapsulating touristic experience and contributes new insights to the way postmodern authenticity is defined in tourism research. To date, studies associated with postmodern authenticity have focused on the inauthentic and themed, with scholars contending that it speaks more to the consumptive, the superficial, and the trivial than to the substantive and meaningful. By working through a case study focused on nature tourists in pursuit of authentic wilderness experiences, this paper illustrates the ways postmodern authenticity encompasses much more than cynical authenticity, for while the American wilderness may be a hyperreal, and even hypernatural, simulacrum, nature tourists nevertheless report deep, meaningful, and " authentic " engagements with wilderness.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Nov 1, 2018|
|Journal||Annals of Tourism Research|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Vidon, E. S., Rickly, J. M., & Knudsen, D. C. (2018). Wilderness state of mind: expanding authenticity. Annals of Tourism Research, 73, 62-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.09.006|
|Keywords||Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development|
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