Young tourists, gender and fear on holiday

P. Mura, C. Khoo

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This paper addresses, through in-depth interviews and long-term observations, how young men and women perceive fear of crime and violence on holiday. Although many studies have highlighted a difference between males and females with regard to the expression of fear, gendered differences and similarities in the perception and expression of fear have remained largely unexplored within the context of tourism. The results show that gender, despite having been traditionally constructed as a binary concept, did not play a major role in influencing tourists' perceptions of fear on holiday. Interestingly however, the findings reveal that although men and women differ in their perception and expression of fear, a more marked distinction exists among the various masculinities and femininities within the men-women dichotomy. This implies that the investigation of gendered perceptions of fear needs to take into account the non-homogeneous nature of the two groups. This paper rejects the oftenassumed stereotypical images of masculinity and femininity. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-724
Number of pages18
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Fear
  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Ios
  • Young tourists
  • crime
  • feminization
  • long-term change
  • masculinization
  • risk perception
  • tourist destination


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