presentations, University of South Australia

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From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:41:43 +0930
Good morning all,

I will be presenting a couple of papers at the University of SA on May 3, both 
of which are relevant to avitourism (birdwatching is generally included under 
the aegis of ecotourism).

a)  Avitourism - Eudaimonic Or Hedonic, Serious Or Casual?  An Exploration Of 
The Behaviour And Experiences Of Couples Who Travel Internationally To Watch 
This paper is based on a mixed methods study of US birders who travel 
internationally with their spouse. 

Does the relationship affect their different leisure and travel interests? 

b) When The Feeling Is Anything But Happiness: An Exploration Of Negative 
Emotions Within Hedonic Ecotourism
The existing literature on tourism has largely concentrated on experiences that 
induce a feeling of hedonic well-being, and yet events can occur which induce 
negative feelings such as unhappiness.  Autoethnography and a narrative 
approach were utilised in this paper, the author drawing on her experience as a 
guide of birdwatchers and ecotourists. 

 Negative reactions include the responses of ecotourists appalled when they 
witnessed a riot among the Asmat of West Papua, and others the ramming of a 
large crocodile with a tour boat.  On the other hand, there were positive 
responses to what would typically be regarded as negative experiences: when the 
author failed in an attempt to resuscitate a wallaby joey, and reactions to a 
story about a dead baby and its Aboriginal mother.

 The findings contribute to the theories mentioned to ecotourism and couples. 
As well the positive reactions of participants to negative experiences add a 
further degree of complexity to the classification of leisure as hedonic or 

If anyone is interested contact


Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow Ph.D.
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

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