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Mordaith in Mallorca: Playing with Toy Tourism

Andrews, H (2024) Mordaith in Mallorca: Playing with Toy Tourism. Humanities, 13 (64). pp. 1-22.

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This paper is an exploration of play in tourism. It is situated in an approach to play and toys informed by phenomenological perspectives and theoretical insights drawn from existential anthropology. It argues that tourism and play are intimately linked and outlines the ways in which connections between the two have been made. This paper focuses on a particular practice of play in travel—one that involves the use of a toy. Using the notion of ‘toy tourism’, I examine the ways in which touristic practices associated with play are brought into being in the moment of doing. The research is located in the resorts of Palmanova and Magaluf on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. I conducted the research using a doll from the Barbie Fashionista range, who I named Mordaith. I outline how and why Mordaith became my travel companion and the experience and events associated with my time with her in the resorts. This paper recounts the story of what happened when I brought about the play of toy tourism in Mallorca. It is an experimental approach that unfolds in the writing as much as in the gathering of information during fieldwork. I argue that what play is, and what a toy is, are neither fixed nor graspable objectivities. Rather, both toy and play, and, thus, toy tourism, emerge in my embodied imaginative understanding of what touristic and toy tourism practices are, as well as the actual embodied and emotional movements of employing a toy in practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1601 Anthropology; 1699 Other Studies in Human Society; 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: MDPI
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 12:47
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 13:00
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/h13020064
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23135
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