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Visions quest: Transcending tourism and photography in Hawai'i


2005 2005

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In this thesis, I explore the nature of modern leisure travel and its relationship to the practice of photography. To explore this relationship, I analyze the modern tour as a ritualistic derivative of both the traditional rite of passage and the mythological hero-quest. I find that, despite practical alterations, the contemporary tour maintains the schematic formulations of these previous journey forms, emerging as the instinctual relative of the hero-quest and the cultural descendent of the rite of passage. I contend that vacation photography is an intrinsic element in understanding the nature of modern leisure travel in relation to these previous journey forms, giving definition to the journey experience and functionality to the modern tour's ritualistic practice. Ultimately, I contend that the practice of vacation photography and the presence of the vacation image maintain the modern tour's social function as a rite of passage, yet undermine its transcendental connection to the hero-quest.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Recreation
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0814: Recreation
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Visions quest: Transcending tourism and photography in Hawai'i
Author
Spitler, Rachel Lindsey
Number of pages
149
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0085
Source
MAI 44/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Arno, Andrew
University/institution
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University location
United States -- Hawaii
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1430466
ProQuest document ID
305002265
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305002265
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