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Varnajot, A. (2022). Tourists’ performances at border landmarks in the era of social media. In D. J. Timothy & A. Gelbman, Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism (1st ed., pp. 253–266). Routledge.

Tourists' performances at border landmarks in the era of social media

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Author: Varnajot, Alix1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-06-13


The author explores tourists’ practices and performances around border markers and other landmarks at geopolitical frontiers or more abstract geodetic lines. Borders have become tourist attractions visited by millions of people and generating as many border-crossings and ritualized bodily performances. Border-crossing performances refer to both border-crossing postures and line-crossing ceremonies, and both originate from the narrative of otherness that is infused in border imaginaries. Therefore, by examining tourists’ border-crossing practices and bodily performances, the author aims to further conceptualize developments in the study of borders in tourism, and particularly on borders as being tourist attractions. In addition to documenting tourists’ border-crossing performances and actions, the author briefly details how social media has affected the meanings of border-crossing performances and borders as tourist attractions. It is argued that with the rise of social media, these border-crossing postures and ceremonies have become a new means of reaching the “other” in a virtual world that everyone can share.

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ISBN: 978-1-003-03899-3
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-48277-0
Pages: 253 - 266
DOI: 10.4324/9781003038993-22
Host publication: Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism
Host publication editor: Timothy, Dallen J.
Gelbman, Alon
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © Routledge. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism on 13 December 2022, available online: