Becoming a Tourist

Robert Douglas McKercher, Sau Lai Lui

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This paper explores the processes of entry into and disentanglement from touristhood by a group of inexperienced long haul tourists making their first pleasure trip to Asia. Tourism is seen as an activity that occurs in liminal time and space, enabling the participant to adopt a new role with a different set of social structures and expected behaviors, to a greater or lesser extent, when he or she travels. While the original paper investigating this topic written by Jafai (1987) infers that the process of engagement and disentanglement is relatively quick and seamless, this study found both processes were much more complex, prolonged and subtle than previously envisioned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Disentaglement
  • Engagement
  • Liminal
  • Touristhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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