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Erika Andersson Cederholm

Erika Andersson Cederholm

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Erika Andersson Cederholm

The Use of Photo-elicitation in Tourism Research - Framing the Backpacker Experience

Author

  • Erika Andersson Cederholm

Summary, in English

The aim of this paper is to elucidate the use of photo-elicitation as a method for data collection as well as a method for analysis. By using a study on backpacker tourism where the respondents’ own photographs were used

in in-depth interviews as an example, the immersion of data collection and analysis is illustrated through the backpackers’ narratives and experiences of travel photography. The theoretical point of departure in the study on backpackers was the social construction of the travel experience as liminal, playful and extraordinary. Considering the phenomenon of backpacking tourism as a gradually institutionalized phenomenon, constructing the

extraordinary – including authenticity as an important criterion – became, from the backpacker’s perspective, an act of balance between emphasizing individuality and simultaneously conforming to the ideals and norms of the

backpacker culture. The contradictory conditions of the backpacker experience were highlighted through narratives on photography and the analysis was focussing on ambivalent experiences. Following Simmel’s dichotomy

between individuality and social form, four analytical themes were developed: ‘‘Framing the unique’’, framing the local scene’’, ‘‘catching the moment’’ and ‘‘the deviants among backpackers’’. The first three indicates

the photographic and experiental ideals of the backpackers, and the fourth underlines the norms of the backpacking culture through narratives on the deviants.

Department/s

  • Department of Service Management and Service Studies

Publishing year

2004

Language

English

Pages

225-241

Publication/Series

Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism

Volume

4

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • interview
  • photography
  • backpackers
  • photo-elicitation
  • authenticity

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1502-2250