The subversion of women's anger in travel guidebooks

Jeffrey, Heather ORCID logoORCID: and Stephens, Siân ORCID logoORCID: (2021) The subversion of women's anger in travel guidebooks. Annals of Leisure Research . ISSN 1174-5398 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/11745398.2020.1865174)

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Guidebooks have a privileged role in tourism as they direct bodily engagement with destinations, and yet few feminist leisure scholars have analysed guidebooks. This paper applies a feminist critical discourse analysis (FCDA) to explore Lonely Planet’s online travel advice for women. The results of the FCDA reveal that Lonely Planet advice acts to subvert women travellers’ anger, particularly when confronted with gender-based violence such as sexual harassment. The guidance offered to women travellers transmits the message that anger at gender-based violence is not legitimate and suggests that feeling anger when abroad is culturally inappropriate. This paper contributes to the literature by demonstrating that women’s anger is routinely subverted, particularly in contexts where freedom is ostensibly promised, such as leisure. The findings of this paper illustrate the value in applying FCDA to instances of otherwise hidden subversion and oppression and should inform future advice offered to women travellers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Geography, Planning and Development, Cultural Studies, Social Psychology
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
Item ID: 31876
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of Leisure Research on 14 January 2021, available online:
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 12:08
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:03

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