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Rebecca Bennett

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Background information and interests

A local Perth girl, I spent most of my younger years in Fremantle attending John Curtin Senior high School in the Theatre Arts scholarship program. My interests in travel possibly began as young as seven when I spent two months in Canada with my paternal family. During high school I was lucky enough to be included in two national tours attending workshops, conferences and performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. I enjoyed visiting new places so much that travel became one of my greatest pleasures. After high school I spent five months backpacking through Western Europe and Canada. I have now spent a total of three and a half years overseas travelling to North America, Europe, Cuba, Peru and Bolivia whilst mainly residing in London.

I returned from my stint as bookseller, waitress, nanny and backpacker to pursue another passion: Cultural Studies. Cultural Studies literacies have provided me with a language to critically evaluate my mobile 'tourist' positionings and pleasures. I am predominantly interested in theorising (not justifying) independent tourist modalities searching for ways pleasures of travel might be politicised. My current research focuses on the tethered link between backpacker and globalisation discourses after the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. I hope to reveal the conceptual limits of globalisation discourse in order to reveal the relatively powerful and problematic positioning of independent travel in post-Fordist popular culture and popular memory.

"Homegrown: Music from the backyard' in T. Brabazon (ed.) Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its Popular Music (Perth: UWA Press, 2004)

"The Grovsenor: Heritage and Hard Rock" in T. Brabazon (ed.) Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its Popular Music (Perth: UWA Press, 2004)


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