‘It’s Been Nice, but We’re Going Back to Our Lives’: Neo-Tribalism and the Role of Space in a Gay Resort
This chapter offers a review of gay holidays at a gay resort within the scope of neo-tribal theory. Focusing upon the underlying neo-tribal characteristics such as fluidity in membership, shared sentiment, rituals and symbols, this chapter emphasises the importance of space as a point of coherence around which neo-tribes form. The chapter argues that space acts as an agency to enable the aforementioned characteristics. A sense of belonging, connectedness and affinity are the paramount qualities that define the internally embedded culture within a neo-tribe. Vorobjovas-Pinta concludes that space is a fundamental converging characteristic required for a neo-tribe to exist. Space is elevated in its relationship to neo-tribes, in the sense that feelings of collective ownership by the tribe of space, are constitutive of tribal identity itself.
The author would like to thank The Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania, for financial support to assist with publishing this research.
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