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Push, pull, and paradox : the significance and irony of working-holidays for young Canadians in Edinburgh

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Push, pull, and paradox : the significance and irony of working-holidays for young Canadians in Edinburgh

Rice, Kathleen (2007) Push, pull, and paradox : the significance and irony of working-holidays for young Canadians in Edinburgh. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Drawing on six months of fieldwork carried out in Edinburgh, Scotland, this thesis focuses on young Canadians who held working-holidaymaker visas for the United Kingdom and who were living in Scotland over the summer and fall of 2006. Based on both an analysis of my ethnographic data as well as a review of relevant literature on tourism, youth travel, and social capital, I propose that with regards to Canadian working-holidaymakers in the UK, travel is a self-imposed rite of passage which serves as a means of transitioning from one life-stage to another, and moreover that the decision to experience life overseas often coincides with a change in status in the Canadian context. I also show that working-holidays are ironic when juxtaposed with conventional understandings of tourism and work as mutually exclusive, and therefore question an assumption that pervades much literature on travel, namely that tourism and work are antithetical.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Rice, Kathleen
Pagination:v, 115 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Amit, Vered
ID Code:975408
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:07
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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