A (home)land with a sea: the leisure and tourism in the Western Balkans of Kosovan migrants and their children living in London

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the trips to the homeland and the embedded tourist practices of Kosovan migrants in the Western Balkans. Drawing from the diasporic tourism literature, it emphasises the role of (material) space and place in these movements and tourist practices. Findings show that return trips to Kosovo involved for the participants leisure mobilities in the context of Albania and other Albanian-speaking areas in the Balkans. The paper concludes by questioning the strong connection in the existing literature between diasporic tourism and ethnicity, arguing that the former is also affected by material space – in the Kosovan case more specifically, the sea – as an aspect of migrants’ experiences. Migration, leisure mobilities and tourism in the case of Kosovan migrants and the (West) Balkans region, at least, appear to have their historical, temporal and spatial specificities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-97
Number of pages16
JournalLeisure Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Kosovan migrants
  • diasporic tourism
  • leisure
  • material space
  • time
  • transnational and translocal ties

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