In search of relived social experience: group-based nostalgia sport tourism

Fairley, Sheranne (2003) In search of relived social experience: group-based nostalgia sport tourism. Journal of Sport Management, 17 3: 284-304.

Author Fairley, Sheranne
Title In search of relived social experience: group-based nostalgia sport tourism
Journal name Journal of Sport Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-4773
Publication date 2003-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 284
End page 304
Total pages 21
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Why do some fans travel to follow professional sport teams? In order to answer that question, participant observation and ethnographic interviews were used to examine the motives and behaviors of a group that undertakes a 5-day bus trip to watch its team play in a distant city. Nostalgia was identified as a key element of the experience. In particular, nostalgic recollections of past trips were found to be a vital basis for repeated travel by the group and for socializing new members. Five themes having to do with nostalgia were identified: nostalgia as motive, norms and rituals as objects of nostalgia, best experience as object of nostalgia, nostalgia as a basis for trip suggestions, and nostalgia through socialization. It is suggested that group-based nostalgia can play a more significant role in fan travel behavior than has heretofore been recognized and that nostalgic appeals can foster repeat purchase.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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