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The experience of Russia. Analysis of contemporary Polish travel narratives

Agata Bachórz

Abstract

The dissertation is a study of Polish travel experience in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Submitted work is grounded in the sociology of tourism and, at the same time, uses some concepts of postcolonial theory adapted to the context of Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the study is to reconstruct the travellers' picture of Russia and to investigate the relationship between individual experience and cultural images of the East. The research is the combination of two methods: sociological discourse analysis based on travel literature and the qualitative interviews with Polish tourists travelling to the Russian Federation. Main conclusions refer to the selective character of the image of Russia and the usefulness of the postcolonial perspective for the description of Polish-Russian relations. Contemporary Russia is perceived by Polish travellers as a provincial and peripheral area, remote in space and time, which culture is underestimated in comaprison to nature. Perception of Russia is therefore inscribed in the orientalization scheme – both as a consequence of Russia being a former quasi-colonizer having rather low cultural authority and, at the same time, treating Russia as the East, which may be used for symbolic occidentalisation of Poland. On the other hand, travelling to Russia is often seen as a mechanism of building a common Polish-Russian space in the opposition to Western Europe.
Record ID
UAM26902f16cd86405aa4850f8f82a818e2
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Agata Bachórz Agata Bachórz,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Doświadczanie Rosji. Analiza współczesnych polskich relacji z podróży
Title in English
The experience of Russia. Analysis of contemporary Polish travel narratives
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS)
Discipline
sociology / (social studies) / (social studies)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
5.8 sociology
Defense Date
23-05-2012
End date
23-05-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/2514 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Sociology of tourism; Leisure; Mobility; Postcolonialism; Polish-Russian relations
Abstract in English
The dissertation is a study of Polish travel experience in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Submitted work is grounded in the sociology of tourism and, at the same time, uses some concepts of postcolonial theory adapted to the context of Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the study is to reconstruct the travellers' picture of Russia and to investigate the relationship between individual experience and cultural images of the East. The research is the combination of two methods: sociological discourse analysis based on travel literature and the qualitative interviews with Polish tourists travelling to the Russian Federation. Main conclusions refer to the selective character of the image of Russia and the usefulness of the postcolonial perspective for the description of Polish-Russian relations. Contemporary Russia is perceived by Polish travellers as a provincial and peripheral area, remote in space and time, which culture is underestimated in comaprison to nature. Perception of Russia is therefore inscribed in the orientalization scheme – both as a consequence of Russia being a former quasi-colonizer having rather low cultural authority and, at the same time, treating Russia as the East, which may be used for symbolic occidentalisation of Poland. On the other hand, travelling to Russia is often seen as a mechanism of building a common Polish-Russian space in the opposition to Western Europe.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM26902f16cd86405aa4850f8f82a818e2/

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