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Title: A postcolonial analysis of backpacking
Authors: Teo, P. 
Leong, S.
Keywords: Backpackers
Cultural politics
Power relations
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Teo, P., Leong, S. (2006). A postcolonial analysis of backpacking. Annals of Tourism Research 33 (1) : 109-131. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Backpacking research has mainly focused on Western backpackers even if their destinations are in less developed Asian countries. This paper engages a postcolonial approach to decenter the Western orientation and to reclaim epistemological space for the Asian backpacker who has been largely ignored. Khao San, the backpacker mecca of Southeast Asia is the case study to convey the racialized and gendered nature of backpacking. For tourism providers, these tourists as well as locals, Khao San is a farang landscape that marginalizes Asian backpackers and Asian women backpackers in particular because they are represented as exotic and erotic. Nevertheless, these stereotypes are being contested as the number of Asian backpackers increase in this location. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Annals of Tourism Research
ISSN: 01607383
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2005.05.001
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