Para Além da Vida Quotidiana. Amor e sexualidade em Contexto Turístico: resultados preliminares de uma pesquisa exploratória no Algarve (Portugal)

  • Joao Filipe Marques Universidade do Algarve
  • Milene Lança Universidade do Algarve
Palavras-chave: Amor, Liminaridade, Liminóide, Algarve, Romance, Sexo

Resumo

Este artigo explora a ideia segundo a qual o conceito de liminaridade, concretamente de «situações liminóides», pode igualmente ser utilizado para analisar e explicar os comportamentos e atitudes românticas e sexuais não comerciais e de caráter não exploratório que ocorrem em contexto turístico. Em sentido lato, o problema da investigação que aqui se apresenta foi: quais são os padrões de comportamento romântico e sexual no contexto da viagem de férias de «sol e praia» na Europa? Tratou-se de estudar os padrões comportamentais, as atitudes face à sexualidade e as expressões da intimidade num contexto turístico da contemporaneidade, tendo como pano de fundo uma região europeia (hiper) turística: o Algarve. A investigação recorreu a um inquérito por questionário realizado a uma amostra (estratificada por país de residência) composta por 1015 turistas que visitaram a região do Algarve (Portugal) nos verões de 2014 e 2015. Apresentam-se aqui os resultados, numa análise descritiva e impressionista, de uma pesquisa ainda em curso cujos objetivos foram, precisamente, produzir evidências empíricas - mas também construir contributos teóricos - em torno da articulação entre o turismo e a sexualidade humana, assumidamente fora do paradigma do «turismo sexual», conclui-se que existe, por um lado, uma relação forte entre as férias na Europa e a disponibilidade para os envolvimentos românticos confirmando; por outro lado, o potencial erótico e sexual do contexto turístico, mesmo no interior da sexualidade conjugal.

Biografia do Autor

Joao Filipe Marques, Universidade do Algarve
Sociólogo, Centro de Investigação sobre o Espaço e as Organizações da Universidade do Algarve
Milene Lança, Universidade do Algarve
Doutoranda, Centro de Investigação sobre o Espaço e as Organizações da Universidade do Algarve

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Publicado
2016-09-30
Seção
RESULTADOS DE PESQUISA EMPÍRICA / EMPIRICAL RESEARCH RESULTS / RESULTADOS DE INVESTIGACIÓN EMPÍRICA