Reinventing the concept of hosts and guests

Sherlock, Kirsty (2001) Reinventing the concept of hosts and guests. Tourist Studies, 1 (3). pp. 271-295.

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The concept of hosts and guests has patterned the social impact of tourism literature since Smith's seminal collection in the late 1970s. However, recent moves to embrace the insights of postmodern and post-structuralist theories in tourism have suggested that these binary oppositions should be revisited. For example, Feifer's idea of the post-tourist suggests links between the tourist experience and the everyday aestheticized consumption practices that pattern life in post-Fordist society. Using data generated during a community study of a north Queensland tourism town, the article illustrates the contested nature of hosts and guests. The blurred notions of hosts and guests highlighted the way in which participants' motivations to migrate to the town mirrored the destination marketing for the town, focused on a tropical lifestyle. However, there are conflicting versions of this lifestyle, which have implications for the destination’s sense of community and sense of place.

Item ID: 13423
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-3206
Keywords: community; guest; hosts; lifestyle factors; post-tourism; sense of place
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 06:26
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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