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Title: Understanding the identities and motivations of backpackers with regard to their stay in a Housing Development Board (HDB) hostel.
Authors: Lin, Jonathan Guo Rong.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: This research aims to explore in depth the specific concepts of authenticity and backpacking through hypothesizing that travelers who choose to stay in a HDB hostel whilst in Singapore during their travels are backpackers, in particular alienated individuals seeking to experience some form of authenticity. Findings through means of a case study conducted at a selected HDB hostel in Singapore have revealed that although most of the respondents interviewed were indeed seeking to experience one form or another of authenticity, the backpackers’ identity was found to be one that is fluid and largely constructed by self-definition, with respondents offering varying interpretations of the term ‘backpacker’.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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