The coalescence of the LGBTQI+ neo-tribes during the pride events

Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta, Clifford Lewis

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Pride events have transformed from being protests to becoming celebrations
of diversity. As a social phenomenon, such events represent the collective
interests of the LGBTQI+ communities and the individual agendas of the gender
and sexually diverse groups that are part of the LGBTQI+ acronym. This chapter
examines pride events by applying a neo-tribal theory perspective based on the four characteristics of neo-tribes being: fluidity in membership; shared sentiment; rituals and symbols; and space. It is argued that while the LGBTQI+ communities together represent a neo-tribe with a unified purpose, the individual communities form subtribes and provide a unique interpretation based on their sexual and gender identity. Using a participant observation approach, this chapter presents a discussion on the interplay between sub-tribes and the overall neo-tribe that coalesce together to construct a pride event, its holistic message and the experiences therein.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsumer Tribes in Tourism
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Special-Interest Tourism
EditorsChristof Pforr, Ross Dowling, Michael Volgger
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811571503
ISBN (Print)9789811571497
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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