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"I Decided to Invest in My Kids' Memories": Family Vacations, Memories, and the Social Construction of the Family

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"I Decided to Invest in My Kids' Memories": Family Vacations, Memories, and the Social Construction of the Family

Delamere, Fern, Shaw, Susan M. and Havitz, Mark E. (2008) "I Decided to Invest in My Kids' Memories": Family Vacations, Memories, and the Social Construction of the Family. Tourism, Culture & Communication, 8 (1). pp. 13-26. ISSN 1098-304X

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Abstract

This article explores the cultural significance of family vacations and the role that these vacations play in the social construction of the family. Based on a series of semistructured interviews with members of families living in Ontario, Canada, the article examines the meanings and experiences associated with family vacations for parents of school aged children. Family vacations were seen as a form of escape from the pressures of everyday life, even though they involved organizational and emotional work, especially for mothers. Family vacations were valued as an opportunity for family togetherness and for improving patterns of family communication. Of particular importance was the long-term goal of creating memories that would enhance family cohesion and construct and support a positive sense of family. The findings indicate that the cultural meanings associated with family vacations, at least for these Canadian families, may be different in some important ways from other forms of tourism.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Delamere, Fern and Shaw, Susan M. and Havitz, Mark E.
Journal or Publication:Tourism, Culture & Communication
Date:2008
Keywords:Family vacations, Families, Memories, Social construction
ID Code:977844
Deposited By: FERN DELAMERE
Deposited On:25 Sep 2013 19:57
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45
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