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Narcissism normalisation: tourism influences and sustainability implications

Canavan, Brendan (2017) Narcissism normalisation: tourism influences and sustainability implications. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

The concept of narcissism normalisation suggests that individuals and societies are becoming more narcissistic due to various cultural influences. Tourism is reviewed here as one such possible influence. Exploitative, entitled and exhibitionistic tendencies associated with narcissism are wellestablished
in tourism. Yet tourism is also an intimate, communal and satisfying activity which may counteract narcissism. Increases in narcissism
have significant implications from a sustainable tourism perspective. Narcissism is associated with exploitative and entitled behaviours that over time cause significant harm to those people and landscapes that
come into contact with. Narcissism appears to be incompatible with principles of sustainability and the challenges this poses for the industry are reviewed, while the opportunities are also explored. There are signs that narcissism, particularly those aspects relating to exhibitionism, can be
co-opted to benefit sustainable development.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
Huddersfield Business School > Global Advances in Marketing Branding and Innovation
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