Modern vacations – modern families: new meanings and structures of family vacations

Kennedy-Eden, Heather and Gretzel, Ulrike (2016) Modern vacations – modern families: new meanings and structures of family vacations. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-18. doi:10.1080/11745398.2016.1178152

Author Kennedy-Eden, Heather
Gretzel, Ulrike
Title Modern vacations – modern families: new meanings and structures of family vacations
Journal name Annals of Leisure Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2159-6816
Publication date 2016-05-05
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/11745398.2016.1178152
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Ideally, vacations constitute special times together offering families the chance to participate in novel activities and break the routine of daily life and scheduling while concentrating on each other, having fun and experiencing new things. However, families are changing and consequently, so are family vacations. Vacations traditionally included all of the immediate nuclear family, but with busy lives and differing work schedules, vacations might now only include some members of the family or expand to include extended family members. Families also increasingly take technologies and therefore other aspects of their lives with them on vacation. The question is whether these new technology-equipped family assemblages lead to fundamentally different vacation experiences. This study is a qualitative study from accounts of 10 family groups who have gone on vacation. It explores the structure of the modern family vacation, the role it plays in the lives of families, how families enact vacations, how modern families experience time together, what role technology plays and what meanings and traditions have emerged from modern family vacations.
Keyword Bonding
Role of family vacation
Time spent together
Vacation experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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