Crying babies on planes: Aeromobility and parenting

Publisher:
Pergamon
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Annals Of Tourism Research, 2014, 48 pp. 27 - 41
Issue Date:
2014-01
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There is a knowledge gap concerning passenger-to-passenger interactions in mobility especially in air travel. Employing netnography and Critical Discourse Analysis, we examined the current debate on “crying babies on planes” as displayed on public online news sites and discussion boards. We also explored airlines’ discourse about the issue as posted on the airlines’ websites. It was clear from analysis of the public discourse that an aeroplane is not a neutral space but one in which rights and responsibilities of passengers are disputed, with parents and their children often under the disciplinary gaze of other passengers. While crying babies concern passengers, airlines, for the most part, are avoiding the issue. We examine the discursive and socio-cultural practice which surrounds the website texts.
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