Over the last few decades, the island of Lesvos (North Aegean, Greece) has become a stepping-stone in migrants’ routes to Europe, attracting volunteer tourism aimed at providing support to migrants. Using the theoretical frame of Lefebvre’s triad, we investigate if and how the island is a lived space for volunteer tourists, what representations of this space they carry and their specific spatial practices not just as volunteers, but as tourists. Through a survey, semi-structured interviews and participant observation, we illustrate the discrepancy between the symbolism associated with the representation of Lesvos and the direct experience volunteers have of the insular space. Nonetheless, some places in the capital Mytilene are characterized by spatialised lived experiences for volunteers, locals and migrants.
|Titolo:||Volunteer Tourism and Lived Space. Representations and Experiences from Lesvos.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||9999|
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