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A Study on the Nonadism of Backpacking

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2014, 38(2), pp.151-169
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Song Young-Min 1 Kang, Jun-soo 1

1안양대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper was to analyze and understand the background of emergence of nomadic phenomena in our modern society through the characteristics of backpacking. Gilles Deleuze's nomadism means mobility and continuity within space, which makes the resident keep moving. Deleuze's rhizomic system is a non-hierarchical space in which heterogeneous components show connection to a new hierarchical order. Michel Maffesoli argues that individualism is losing its centrality in our social life, and that tribes (small groups) emerge. Maffesoli's theory of tribalism presents insight into our understanding of such new phenomena in our society. The nomadic phenomena in our modern society are various gestures of man which is eager to seek 'nomadic himself' and revolt against modern society suppressing human being through the boundaries. Therefore, the concepts of deterritorialization, vagabondage, connection and tribe are suggested in the paper. Backpackers continuously try to cross over the boundaries of social systems by repeating communication of closed and open space. Because human being is a nomadic existence which is always forming and revealing his desire and self-identity. This paper discusses the consciousness of backpackers which indicate paroxysmal conduct as resistance and revolt through nomadism.

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