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Wilderness state of mind: expanding authenticity

Vidon, Elizabeth S.; Rickly, Jillian M.; Knudsen, Daniel C.

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Elizabeth S. Vidon

Daniel C. Knudsen



Abstract

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
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Pages 62-70
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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.09.006
Keywords Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160738318300975?via%3Dihub

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