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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


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.


Vidon, E. S., Rickly, J. M., & Knudsen, D. C. (2018). Wilderness state of mind: expanding authenticity. Annals of Tourism Research, 73, 62-70.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2020
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Pages 62-70
Keywords Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development
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