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Article: “I recycle, I turn out the lights”: understanding the everyday sustainability practices of backpackers

Title“I recycle, I turn out the lights”: understanding the everyday sustainability practices of backpackers
Authors
KeywordsAustralia
backpacking
economic sustainability
everyday practices
mixed methods
social sustainability
Issue Date2015
Citation
Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2015, v. 23, n. 4, p. 577-599 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2015, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. As holidays merge more intimately with the everyday lives of an increasing number of people, questions of sustainability in tourism contexts become ever more urgent. Using the concept of everyday practices, in which sustainability is thought to emerge in the routines of people going about their day-to-day lives, this mixed-method study aimed to understand how sustainability figures in the practices, of backpackers. Findings revealed sustainability to be of minimal concern to most backpackers who nevertheless performed a range of sustainable practices but unintentionally. Environmental sustainability was practised via reduced resource consumption and waste, economic sustainability by working and spending more money overall than other tourist types, and social sustainability through demonstrating cultural respect and community participation. The main factors encouraging sustainable practices amongst backpackers were their low-budget focus and their use as a labour source by industries that require temporary and flexible workers. When backpackers were employed, each facet of sustainability became mutually reinforcing. The results of this study are in contrast to usual perceptions of tourism as a time in which norms of sustainable behaviour are suspended, as backpacking was found to provide opportunities for the performance of more sustainable practices compared to home.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/260212
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2017 Impact Factor: 3.329
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.995
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dc.contributor.authorIaquinto, Benjamin Lucca-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-12T02:00:46Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-12T02:00:46Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Sustainable Tourism, 2015, v. 23, n. 4, p. 577-599-
dc.identifier.issn0966-9582-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/260212-
dc.description.abstract© 2015, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. As holidays merge more intimately with the everyday lives of an increasing number of people, questions of sustainability in tourism contexts become ever more urgent. Using the concept of everyday practices, in which sustainability is thought to emerge in the routines of people going about their day-to-day lives, this mixed-method study aimed to understand how sustainability figures in the practices, of backpackers. Findings revealed sustainability to be of minimal concern to most backpackers who nevertheless performed a range of sustainable practices but unintentionally. Environmental sustainability was practised via reduced resource consumption and waste, economic sustainability by working and spending more money overall than other tourist types, and social sustainability through demonstrating cultural respect and community participation. The main factors encouraging sustainable practices amongst backpackers were their low-budget focus and their use as a labour source by industries that require temporary and flexible workers. When backpackers were employed, each facet of sustainability became mutually reinforcing. The results of this study are in contrast to usual perceptions of tourism as a time in which norms of sustainable behaviour are suspended, as backpacking was found to provide opportunities for the performance of more sustainable practices compared to home.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Sustainable Tourism-
dc.subjectAustralia-
dc.subjectbackpacking-
dc.subjecteconomic sustainability-
dc.subjecteveryday practices-
dc.subjectmixed methods-
dc.subjectsocial sustainability-
dc.title“I recycle, I turn out the lights”: understanding the everyday sustainability practices of backpackers-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09669582.2014.978788-
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dc.identifier.volume23-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage577-
dc.identifier.epage599-
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