Positive self-representations, sustainability and socially organised denial in UK tourists: discursive barriers to a sustainable transport future

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Hanna, Paul and Adams, Matthew (2017) Positive self-representations, sustainability and socially organised denial in UK tourists: discursive barriers to a sustainable transport future Journal of Sustainable Tourism. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

This paper provides an empirical application of some recent developments in the social science of sustainability to understanding sustainable transport behaviour. We analyse talk about holidaymaking taken from interviews with self-defined “eco” or “sustainable” tourists. The focus of this paper explores the ways in which participants understand and reconcile the potential conflict of air transport and the notion of sustainable holidays. We identify a number of discursive strategies participants used to project and maintain positive self-representations in the context of complex, often incompatible constructions of sustainability derived from this particular dilemma. Such strategies are considered as concrete examples of the psychosocial organisation of denial and thus offer discursive barriers to sustainable transport futures. However, the analysis also demonstrates the ways in which some individuals were able to resist or challenge such forms of socially organised denial. The potential implications of these discursive barriers and strategies for sustainable transport futures and the tourism sector are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sustainable Tourism on 09/08/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09669582.2017.1358272
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable transport; denial; discourse; sustainable barriers; transport futures
Subjects: C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C880 Social Psychology
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C800 Psychology > C810 Applied Psychology
L000 Social Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L310 Applied Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L217 Environmentalism
D000 Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D400 Agriculture > D447 Environmental conservation
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N840 International Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/09669582.2017.1358272
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 03:01
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2019 01:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/17319

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