A t-shirt from New York, a coral from Mauritius: A functional typology of tourist souvenirs

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Abstract

This chapter offers a deeper understanding of the symbols and meanings attached to tourists’ special possessions as well as of the functions they fulfill in contemporary consumption. Nineteen informants have been interviewed and observed at home in a naturalistic interpretive perspective. Interview transcripts, field notes, and pictorial material were analyzed and interpreted through the grounded theory approach. This results in a new typology of symbolic souvenirs including touristic trinkets, destination stereotypes, paper mementoes, and picked-up objects. Such a typology relates to four major functions souvenirs may fulfill in terms of meanings and identity construction, that is, categorization, self-expression, connectedness, and self-creation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourists' Behaviors and Evaluations
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
EditorsArch G Woodside, Metin Kozak
PublisherEmerald Group
Pages31-39
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Decrop, A., & Masset, J. (2014). A t-shirt from New York, a coral from Mauritius: A functional typology of tourist souvenirs. In A. G. Woodside, & M. Kozak (Eds.), Tourists' Behaviors and Evaluations: Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research (Vol. 9, pp. 31-39). Emerald Group.