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Inches from paradise: A documentary film exploring how caregivers of mobility-challenged family members experience travel and tourism
by Holden, Rhonda J., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 25; 1490386
Abstract (Summary)

Disability within the travel and tourism industry is rarely studied. Even less studied or not at all is the location of the caregiver to the social contexts within the travel and tourism industry. This documentary uses applied visual anthropology to explore the phenomena of a group that is currently not recognized, caregiver in the travel and tourism industry, as they negotiate physical labor and the emotional stresses of travel.

As the population ages, the number of acquired disabilities will increase and it needs to be acknowledged that everyone at some point in their lives will either experience physical limitations and require the help of a family member or be in the position of caregiver to a family member. Tourism is the largest service industry in the world and is built on the idea that a travel destination can be purchased and the experience will be one of equality for the travelers. The travel and tourism industry needs to rethink accessibility and think accessible experience.

Keywords: Mobility-challenged, disability, caregiver, vacation, travel, tourism, accessibility, service dog, and service animal.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, R. Scott
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Sociology, Social structure
Publication Number: 1490386
ISBN: 978-1-124-54856-2
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