Le voyage des Danois et le tourisme des Chinois. Mobilité : entre l'imaginaire et le réel

Abstract : How to explain the continuous growth of tourist mobility despite the global economic crisis? One of the answers establishing the fundamental problem of this research in sociology is the constancy of the noetic function of travel. Moving to meet the Other one and the Elsewhere can be a source of inspiration, pleasure, refusal or indifference. Which meaning does the social actor give to his journey? This can be imagined, lived or told, and thus producing varied images. During a trip the individual is confronting three temporalities: the images of the trip mingle with his previous imaginary representations, his present is made of a sensory experience associated with the space-time forming the frame and, at the same time he is already in the perspective of the return/homecoming collecting images or objects that will compose the support of his future story and memory. Two field surveys made it possible to distinguish the tourist trip from the journey, one carried out with Danish travelers / tourists in Aude on the one hand and another one with Chinese tourists in Paris, and to show that every tourist becomes a traveler when he makes a noetic experience, that is to say, he enters into a dialogue with the Other one and the environment creating a temporality likely to change himself and so his perception of reality. Formerly identified by ancient philosophers, this dialectic remains potential in any voluntary mobility despite industrial, standard, mass tourism and continues to play an initiatory role in the construction of being.
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Kristina t'Felt. Le voyage des Danois et le tourisme des Chinois. Mobilité : entre l'imaginaire et le réel. Sociologie. Université de Lorraine, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018LORR0268⟩. ⟨tel-02135925⟩

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