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Neo-tribes and Antarctic expedition cruise ship tourists

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-19, 01:45 authored by Kriwoken, L, Anne HardyAnne Hardy
Recent research has explored the size and nature of the cruise ship industry and to a lesser extent the impacts of social interaction upon the experiences of individuals while cruising. However, there is little research that examines the performative aspects of social groups that form as a result of social interaction. Using a neo-tribal lens, we examine this phenomenon in the context of passengers on board an Antarctic expedition cruise ship. The neo-tribal lens offers insights into the lifestyles, sense of belonging, rituals and meeting places that form amongst groups of passengers. This research progresses the conceptualization of neo-tribes by suggesting that neo-tribes are a phenomenon that may occur in confined, liminal places. In doing so it advances an understanding of the outcomes of the cruise ship experience by looking past individualistic outcomes, to the behavioural aspects that can result from undertaking a cruise ship holiday in Antarctica.


Publication title

Annals of Leisure Research








School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences


Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

Copyright 2017 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Tourism services not elsewhere classified