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Liberalism, Lack and Living the Dream Re-considering Youth, Consumer Sovereignty and the Attractions of Night-time Leisure in Magaluf

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dc.contributor.author Ellis, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Briggs, Daniel 
dc.contributor.author Winlow, Simon
dc.contributor.author Silva Esquinas, Antonio
dc.contributor.author Cordero Verdugo, Raquel Rebeca
dc.contributor.author Pérez Suárez, Jorge Ramiro
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-29T22:12:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-29T22:12:02Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-25
dc.identifier.citation DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jea.6446 Journal of Extreme Anthropology, 2018: 1-19, ISSN: 2535-3241 spa
dc.identifier.citation Ellis, A., Winlow, S., Briggs, D., Esquinas, A. S., Verdugo, R. C., & Suárez, J. R. P. (2018). Liberalism, Lack and'Living the Dream': Reconsidering the attractions of alcohol-based leisure for young tourists in Magaluf, Majorca. Journal of Extreme Anthropology, 2(2), 1-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jea.6446 spa
dc.identifier.issn 2535-3241
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11268/7448
dc.description.abstract Much of the academic literature on alcohol-based leisure focuses on the pleasures of hedonism and youthful cultural exploration in environments free from the prescriptions, pressures and routines of everyday life. In this article – in which we present data from our ongoing ethnographic research exploring the experiences and attitudes of young British tourists in the Spanish resort of Magaluf on the island of Majorca – we argue that the standard liberal social-scientific image of youth leisure is naive and misrepresents its variegated reality. Our research indicates that many young British tourists gain little contentment from their holiday in the sun. Rather than embarking on a leisure experience composed of boundless freedom, choice, indulgence, excess and that is indicative of personal consumer sovereignty, many of our interviewees could identify the regimented and commodified nature of alcohol-based tourism. Rather than satisfaction, they felt an imprecise dissatisfaction. Drawing upon elements of psychoanalytic theory, we argue that underneath our interviewees’ accounts of drunkenness and promiscuity lies an obdurate but imprecise sense of lack. Yet, it is precisely this absence which only recharges their motivation to do more of the same the year after in similar destinations, thus confirming the presence, power and domination of consumer sovereignty. spa
dc.description.sponsorship British Foreign and Commonwealth Office spa
dc.language.iso eng spa
dc.rights Atribución 4.0 Internacional *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ *
dc.title Liberalism, Lack and Living the Dream Re-considering Youth, Consumer Sovereignty and the Attractions of Night-time Leisure in Magaluf spa
dc.type article spa
dc.description.impact No data (2017) spa
dc.identifier.doi 10.5617/jea.6446
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess spa
dc.subject.uem Criminología spa
dc.subject.uem Bebidas alcohólicas spa
dc.subject.uem Jóvenes spa
dc.subject.unesco Criminología spa
dc.subject.unesco Joven urbano spa
dc.subject.unesco Bebida alcohólica spa
dc.description.filiation UEM spa
dc.peerreviewed Si spa


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