http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deviance-Risk-Holiday-Ethnography-Tourists/dp/1137022396This book represents the first attempt to step inside the holiday experience of young British tourists. Using ethnographic methods such as observation, open-ended interviewing and focus groups in San Antonio, Ibiza, this book reveals the ugly truth about 'how' and 'why' young Brits get involved in deviance and risk-taking when they go abroad, exploring vivid accounts of drug use, drug dealing, violence, prostitution, and injury.
In contrast to existing knowledge and populist depictions, Briggs argues that the root of these behaviours is not pathological but rather it is more about how this social group have come to self validate what is expected of them in their leisure time and, as a consequence, how their attitudes are subtly guided and endorsed by the commodified social context of resorts which are only interested in making money at their expense.
Came across this study after listening to Thinking Allowed's Ethnography Award feature last week on Radio 4. Did some searching and found that it'd been featured on the programme last September (available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b2j75). Anyone read it?
Interview with Daniel Briggs available here too: http://www.spin.com/articles/ibiza-...y-daniel-briggs-deviance-and-risk-on-holiday/