chapter  4
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Children’s health, safety and risk-taking in the holiday environment

The holiday environment is often identified in academic work as a liminal space where tourists are free from the social constraints that govern their behaviour in their normal place of residence and, as temporary residents, reside outside the bounds of the sociocultural norms that influence the behaviour of the destination’s host population (Shields, 1990; Carr, 2002a; Hall, 2007). Within this context, the holiday environment is recognised both in the academic press and society in general as a place associated with fun, enjoyment and pleasure (Peattie et al., 2005), rather than danger and potential concerns about safety and/or health. However, the reality is that, just like any other environment, there is a variety of risks present in the holiday environment that potentially endanger the safety and/or health of children.