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Celebrities, air travel, and social norms

Gössling, Stefan LU (2019) In Annals of Tourism Research 79.
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The year 2018 saw the rise of a new global youth movement, Fridays for Future. The organization underlines the importance of personal accountability for greenhouse gas emissions, specifically in the context of air travel. This position is in stark contrast to views associating aeromobility with status. Celebrities in particular maintain personal brands based on frequent flying. This paper assesses the aeromobilities of celebrities, for which it develops a netnography-based methodology that tracks spatial movement on the basis of social media posts. Data is analyzed to determine travel patterns, distances flown, and fuel consumed. Findings are discussed in terms of the energy-intensity of celebrity lifestyles and the struggle over moral... (More)

The year 2018 saw the rise of a new global youth movement, Fridays for Future. The organization underlines the importance of personal accountability for greenhouse gas emissions, specifically in the context of air travel. This position is in stark contrast to views associating aeromobility with status. Celebrities in particular maintain personal brands based on frequent flying. This paper assesses the aeromobilities of celebrities, for which it develops a netnography-based methodology that tracks spatial movement on the basis of social media posts. Data is analyzed to determine travel patterns, distances flown, and fuel consumed. Findings are discussed in terms of the energy-intensity of celebrity lifestyles and the struggle over moral and social norms regarding personal accountability for contributions to climate change.

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Air travel, Carbon inequality, Celebrities, Climate change, Fridays for Future, Moral and social norms
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Annals of Tourism Research
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79
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102775
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Pergamon
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0160-7383
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10.1016/j.annals.2019.102775
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  author       = {Gössling, Stefan},
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  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Pergamon},
  series       = {Annals of Tourism Research},
  title        = {Celebrities, air travel, and social norms},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2019.102775},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.annals.2019.102775},
  volume       = {79},
  year         = {2019},
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