Psychoanalytic sociology of deviant tourist behavior

Natan Uriely, Yael Ram, Ayala Malach-Pines

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The current article conceptualizes the phenomenon of deviant tourist behavior from the perspective of psychodynamic sociology. The analysis suggests that various unconscious drives can either be gratified by normative tourist activities that involve adaptive defense mechanisms or lead to deviant tourist behaviors that entail distorting defense mechanisms. This argument is illustrated with respect the following unconscious needs: Sigmund Freud's Id instincts of sex and of aggression, his notion of social rules internalized in the Superego and the archetypes of the hero and of the lost paradise that derive from Carl Jung's theory. The conceptual analysis is discussed in light of recent theoretical developments within and beyond tourism scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1069
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • Deviance
  • Freud
  • Jung
  • Psychoanalytic sociology
  • Unconscious

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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