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Empowerment and women in adventure tourism: a negotiated journey

Doran, Adele

Journal of sport tourism -- Sports Tourism International Council -- Volume: 20 1; (pages 57-80) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    Empowerment and women in adventure tourism: a negotiated journey
  • Author: Doran, Adele
  • Found In: Journal of sport tourism. Volume 20:Number 1(2016); 20160102; 57-80
  • Journal Title: Journal of sport tourism
  • Subjects: Sports and tourism; LCSH: Sports and tourism
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Sports Tourism International Council
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT

    Women’s participation in adventure tourism is growing, yet few studies have explored this group of tourists. This conceptual paper seeks to extend our understanding of female adventure tourists by examining the empowering journey women can take through constraint negotiation to enjoy the benefits of adventure tourism. Using content analysis to review the literature on women’s adventure experiences in tourism and recreation settings reveals prominent themes that have been consolidated to propose constraint, negotiation and benefit categories. A conceptual model is presented that illustrates the opportunities for women’s empowerment within these categories and examines the interrelationships and interdependency between them. The model shows that constraints, negotiations and benefits can be experienced simultaneously, at different points in a woman’s adventure tourism journey and used as a vehicle for empowerment. Women will also re-evaluate these categories before, during and after their adventure tourism experience. Therefore, the categories are not fixed and evolve each time a woman participates in adventure tourism throughout her life. Suggestions are made for further study in this under-researched area.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1477-5085
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    5066.189200
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100031330007.0x000001

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