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Deep in the desert: merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism

Narayanan, Yamini and Macbeth, Jim 2009, Deep in the desert: merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism, Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 369-389, doi: 10.1080/14616680903032783.

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Title Deep in the desert: merging the desert and the spiritual through 4WD tourism
Author(s) Narayanan, Yamini
Macbeth, Jim
Journal name Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 369
End page 389
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1461-6688
1470-1340
Keyword(s) Australian desert
4WD tourism
spirituality
pilgrimage
nature
religion
Summary Our paper positions four-wheel drive (4WD) travel into the Australian desert by veteran or dedicated travellers as a spiritual experience in three ways: by considering the desert itself as a sacred space; the experience of such a journey as a form of ‘nature religion’; and by viewing the actual journey itself as pilgrimage. Our argument is informed by interviews with expert 4WDers to the desert. Our study might be useful in designing sustainable strategies for 4WD desert tourism, as well as for scholars from a variety of disciplines such as sustainability and environment studies, religious studies and tourism studies, to name a few.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14616680903032783
Field of Research 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057839

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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