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

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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.
langue originaleAnglais
titreTourists' Behaviors and Evaluations
Sous-titreAdvances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
rédacteurs en chefArch G Woodside, Metin Kozak
EditeurEmerald Group
Pages31-39
Volume9
Etat de la publicationPublié - 2014

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