Liminality, Insight, Travel narrative, Content analysis
Travel narratives, both historical and modern, depict a hero’s quest for insight and self-discovery where the outward journey is a literal and metaphorical search for one’s authentic self, spirituality, and life’s meaning. This article reports the results of a study that examined the association between travel’s liminal experience and insight. Using content analysis of 50 published adventure travel narratives, a significant association between insight and liminality was identified, and the tentative conclusion that liminal experience may be a stimulus for insight was made. Variables (solo/group travel, travel motivation, gender, and cultural novelty) hypothesized to moderate the association between liminality and insight were also explored. Hierarchical log linear modeling identified only one significant three-way association: travel motive. Travelers who sought to escape negative associations with home were less likely to experience liminality and insight than those who were motivated to travel for other reasons.
Tourism Review International
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Goodnow, Jasmine M. and Bordoloi, Samit, "Travel and Insight on the Limen: A Content Analysis of Adventure Travel Narratives" (2017). Health and Human Development. 1.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Travel writing--History and criticism; Liminality in literature; Spiritual biography
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