Presenter Bios

Kelley A. McClinchey has a PhD in human geography from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario specializing in socio-cultural geography and urban tourism. Her research interests include the emotional and sensuous geographies of migrant family travel, multicultural festival experiences, and literary travel. She is particularly interested in everyday place experiences and the inclusion of creative economies in contributing to urban social sustainability. A self-proclaimed flâneuse, Kelley loves to stroll city streets and sit at cafes wondering who else in the past has been a witness to changing heritage landscapes.

Abstract

There are an overwhelming number of contemporary women’s travel narratives documenting experiences, challenges, and place affinity for Paris. Despite the vast interest in Paris through various forms of media including the travel memoir, very little attention has been paid to women’s travel narratives, travel books and their emotional tourist experiences. As a new insight into consumer behaviour, this paper explores women’s travel narratives of Paris uncovering the mundane yet meaningful experiences of women’s travel experiences and how they connect with (post) feminist identities and emotional geographies of place. This research revealed over-arching themes present within these women’s stories: transformation; freedom and escape; and emotional experiences of place. Subsequently, Paris embraces what women desire out of life in general and enables them to transform their lives and re-invent themselves. Postfeminism provides the context with which to appropriately contextualize women’s travel narratives of Paris giving tourism researchers a new perspective on the behaviours of the female traveler.

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Paris, Je T’aime: (Post) Feminist Identities, Emotional Geographies and Women’s Travel Narratives of Paris

There are an overwhelming number of contemporary women’s travel narratives documenting experiences, challenges, and place affinity for Paris. Despite the vast interest in Paris through various forms of media including the travel memoir, very little attention has been paid to women’s travel narratives, travel books and their emotional tourist experiences. As a new insight into consumer behaviour, this paper explores women’s travel narratives of Paris uncovering the mundane yet meaningful experiences of women’s travel experiences and how they connect with (post) feminist identities and emotional geographies of place. This research revealed over-arching themes present within these women’s stories: transformation; freedom and escape; and emotional experiences of place. Subsequently, Paris embraces what women desire out of life in general and enables them to transform their lives and re-invent themselves. Postfeminism provides the context with which to appropriately contextualize women’s travel narratives of Paris giving tourism researchers a new perspective on the behaviours of the female traveler.