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A Phenomenological Perspective on the Leisure Experience of the Deaf

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2021, 45(2), pp.77-100
  • DOI : 10.17086/JTS.2021.45.2.77.100
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism
  • Received : October 9, 2020
  • Accepted : January 25, 2021
  • Published : March 1, 2021

LEE BO-MI 1

1세종대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study seeks to elucidate the nature of the leisure experience, by describing that of the deaf from a phenomenological perspective. Intentionality was a key element in Husserl’s thinking, which refers to the notion that human consciousness is always directed towards someone or something and intends to connect an object to a subject. The phenomenological perspective has highlighted the role of the body with respect to subjectivity. When we experience pain or illness, bodily dys-appearance is brought to our attention and the body becomes the object of our intentionality. The leisure experience of the deaf potentially involves a high level of conscious awareness of the body as an object of intentionality. The data were gathered from focus group interviews and in-depth individual interviews with nine deaf persons and three sign language interpreters. The results of intentionality analysis revealed that the leisure experience of the deaf is essentially oriented towards a meaningful connectedness with others and the world through the body, which is directly related to three emergent themes: (a) from object to subject, (b) embodied consciousness and (c) body-subject freedom. The result of this study, suggested that freedom is not a fixed emotion or ideal experience but something lived through in the experience of leisure. The findings also reveal that the experience of leisure can make meaningful connectedness with others and the world through the embodied consciousness.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.