Eilat syndrome: Deviant behavior among temporary hotel workers

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Based on primary and secondary data, it is argued that the unique characteristics of Eilat as a remote resort town situated on the historical and cultural margins of Israeli society combine to produce a liminal image that attracts hotel employees prone to substance abuse during what they view as a temporary sojourn in the city. In addition, this liminal image presumably shapes the perception of these temporary employees regarding their sojourn in the town on a transitional job during the period of time between their national/military service and civilian life. This article delineates the sociocultural, organizational, and legal conditions leading to the occurrence of this behavioral syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-677
Number of pages5
JournalTourism Analysis
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Behavioral syndrome
  • Eliat, Israel
  • Liminal image
  • Temporary employees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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