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dc.contributor.advisorWilkins, Hugh
dc.contributor.authorBui, Thanh Huongen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:24:52Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:24:52Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/365995
dc.description.abstractBackpacking as a form of independent travel has grown to become a world phenomenon. Backpacker tourism is a global trend with increasing numbers not just from traditional generating countries in Europe, but also from emerging economies in Asia, such as Korea and Japan. The increasing popularity of backpacking among young Asians calls for more attention as the research to date has mainly focused on Western backpackers. This study seeks to advance the current understanding of Asian backpacking as a social phenomenon in its relatively early stage of development. Backpacking is considered as a rite of passage among Western and Israeli youth. This meaningful travel experience broadens their horizon, helps them to better understand their home societies and generates personal development via interactions with ‘others’ in foreign environments. These sought-after values make the meaning of the backpacking experience greater than just a mere escape from modern life. This interpretation is yet to be confirmed for Asian backpackers as relatively little research has been done on Asian backpackers. The paucity of literature in this research area justifies the use of the rite of passage theory in this research to explore the meanings of travel to young Asians. This research evaluated and extended the rite of passage theory in an Asian backpacking context. Firstly, it introduced an Asian approach to the study of the rite of passage. Accordingly, the theory was interpreted in regards to the context of contemporary Asian culture and society. Secondly, the study developed measures and tested a structural model that assisted in understanding the stages of the rite of passage and their interrelations.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherGriffith Universityen_US
dc.publisher.placeBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.en_US
dc.subject.keywordsBackpacker tourismen_US
dc.subject.keywordsRite of passageen_US
dc.subject.keywordsAsian backpackingen_US
dc.titleRevisiting the Rite of Passage Theory in an Australian Backpacking Contexten_US
dc.typeGriffith thesisen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business Schoolen_US
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
dc.contributor.otheradvisorLee, Young-Sook
dc.rights.accessRightsPublicen_US
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1344320436840en_US
gro.source.ADTshelfnoADT0en_US
gro.source.GURTshelfnoGURT1289en_US
gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)en_US
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
gro.departmentGriffith Business Schoolen_US


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