presentations, University of South Australia

Good morning all,

I will be presenting a couple of papers at the University of SA on May 3, both of which are relevant to avitourism (birdwatching is generally included under the aegis of ecotourism).

a) Avitourism – Eudaimonic Or Hedonic, Serious Or Casual? An Exploration Of The Behaviour And Experiences Of Couples Who Travel Internationally To Watch Birds.
This paper is based on a mixed methods study of US birders who travel internationally with their spouse.

Does the relationship affect their different leisure and travel interests?

b) When The Feeling Is Anything But Happiness: An Exploration Of Negative Emotions Within Hedonic Ecotourism
The existing literature on tourism has largely concentrated on experiences that induce a feeling of hedonic well-being, and yet events can occur which induce negative feelings such as unhappiness. Autoethnography and a narrative approach were utilised in this paper, the author drawing on her experience as a guide of birdwatchers and ecotourists.

Negative reactions include the responses of ecotourists appalled when they witnessed a riot among the Asmat of West Papua, and others the ramming of a large crocodile with a tour boat. On the other hand, there were positive responses to what would typically be regarded as negative experiences: when the author failed in an attempt to resuscitate a wallaby joey, and reactions to a story about a dead baby and its Aboriginal mother.

The findings contribute to the theories mentioned to ecotourism and couples. As well the positive reactions of participants to negative experiences add a further degree of complexity to the classification of leisure as hedonic or eudaimonic.

If anyone is interested contact


Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow Ph.D.
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

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