The joint power of social representations theory and livelihoods analysis to assess tourism community futures

Pearce, Philip L., and Wu, Mao-Ying (2010) The joint power of social representations theory and livelihoods analysis to assess tourism community futures. In: Proceedings of 16th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference: competition and collaboration between regional tourism destinations, pp. 172-180. From: APTA 2010 16th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference, 13 - 16 July 2010, Macao, China.

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Abstract

This article seeks to demonstrate the power of linking social representations theory and sustainable livelihoods analysis. The joint use of these two conceptual schemes is supported by adopting an emic approach to the research process. The context of interest lies in assessing the future role of tourism in development as perceived by local communities. The study considers in turn the social representations theory and its application in tourism community futures studies and then the livelihoods framework and its practice in such studies. It is argued that social representations theory is valuable to understand how people "see" and organize their view of the tourism futures while the livelihoods framework provides the content defining perceptions and preferences. The emic approach offers a way to implement the theories and framework, particularly in cross-cultural studies as it helps elicit locally meaningful representations. Each section is briefly illustrated from the researchers' interests in "Post 80s" Tibetan youth and their views of tourism futures in that region but the wider application of the suggested linkage of the conceptual schemes holds diverse and generic possibilities in many communities across the globe.

Item ID: 15414
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: tourism community futures, social representations theory, livelihoods framework, emic approach
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ISSN: 2092-5549
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2011 05:05
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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