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The shared oasis: an insider ethnographic account of a gay resort


Vorobjovas-Pinta, O and Robards, B, The shared oasis: an insider ethnographic account of a gay resort, Tourist Studies, 17, (4) pp. 369-387. ISSN 1468-7976 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468797616687561


The literature pertaining to critical tourism studies has sought to challenge the traditional scientific dichotomy between the detached researcher and research participant in the production of tourism knowledge. This article argues for the value of an ethnographic approach in further challenging that dichotomy, by way of a study seeking to better understand a specific culture in tourism: gay resorts. We aim to outline the methodological component of this research project, centred on a gay resort in Australia, and to argue for the value of ethnography in understanding other specific tourism cultures. Often a researcher’s proximity to and pronounced familiarity with a topic is obfuscated in service of ‘non-biased’ and ‘value-neutral’ results, but in this article, we attend closely to the value of insider research in critical tourism studies. The experiences reported here – around insider perspectives, rapport building, in-depth interviews, participant observations, becoming embedded in a research environment and respecting participants – are argued to have much wider currency.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:critical studies, ethnography, gay resort, gay tourism, insider approach, reflexivity
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Vorobjovas-Pinta, O (Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta)
UTAS Author:Robards, B (Dr Brady Robards)
ID Code:113732
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-01-17
Last Modified:2018-05-21

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