Living On Tortoise Time: Alternative Travel as the Pursuit of Lifestyle

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This article is an enthnographic account of an alternative bus tour through the American Southwest with the Green Tortoise travel company. In a narrative reconstruction which integrates participant‐observation fieldnotes and recollections from other tour participants, I describe and analyze how a leisure journey provides a context for experimenting with alternative forms of social organization. As a mode of alternative travel, the Green Tortoise tour self‐consciously situates itself in opposition to the organizing structures typically associated with more conventional forms of mass tourism. The tour described here is modeled on an idealized image of community that emphasizes a notion of resistance to mass tourism through performance, symbol, and spectacle, and centers around the pursuit of lifestyle and identity. 1993 Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-235
Number of pages35
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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