Rescuing hikers in Israel's deserts: Community altruism or an extension of adventure tourism?

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Abstract

This study focuses on the motivation and attitudes of volunteers taking part in rescue activity in Israeli desert areas. In line with contemporary literature on postmodernism, it is argued that they exemplify a particular case of horizontal de-differentiation in which volunteer rescue activity is intertwined with leisure and tourism. Specifically, we suggest that in addition to an altruistic sense of good citizenship, these rescuers are motivated by leisure and tourism-related pursuits. In addition, we argue that the rescuers' self image as professional hikers leads them to blame the rescued travelers for their predicament, rather than to perceive them as victims of circumstance. The findings of this study are based on responses to questionnaires distributed to volunteer rescuers in the Israeli desert.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

Keywords

  • Leisure
  • Rescue
  • Tourism
  • Volunteer activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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