“The only place where people don't judge other people's body”: Obese people's museum experience

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Abstract

This exploratory study was designed to examine obese people's perception of factors affecting their museum-visiting experience. To best capture the experiential aspect, a qualitative research approach was adopted, and 24 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted. Findings yielded that the museum experience was hardly affected by the physical appearance and the presence of other patrons, this is contrast to previous studies in tourism related arenas. This is partly due to the realization that museum visitors tend to concentrate on the exhibits, and pay less attention to fellow visitors. Participants related to the “code of behavior” in museums that discourages gazing or explicitly staring at people. However, participants noted constraints and difficulties arising from the interaction between their body size and the physical environment. The study concludes that museums provide obese people with a safescape – a protective zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalTourism Management Perspectives
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Appearance
  • Body
  • Museum
  • Obesity
  • Safescape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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