Exploring Chinese outbound tourist shopping: a social practice framework

Jin, Haipeng, Moscardo, Gianna, and Murphy, Laurie (2020) Exploring Chinese outbound tourist shopping: a social practice framework. Journal of Travel Research, 59 (1). 404. pp. 156-172.

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Chinese tourist shopping reflects the new consumer culture in contemporary China, but remains underexplored in the tourism literature despite its importance to many destinations. The present study applies social practice theory to tourist shopping research with the aim of exploring the key features of Chinese tourist shopping in Australia. Tourist shopping as a social practice is the basic unit of analysis, while tourists are decentralized as carriers of this practice. This study employed a qualitative methodology to analyze shopping-related posts in 40 travel blogs from two Chinese online travel communities. The findings show that tourist shopping practice consists of four interconnected elements: materials, competences, meanings,and settings—with utilitarian products purchased in large quantities and maintaining guanxi emerging as unique features of the Chinese tourist shopping practices. The article concludes with a discussion of the potential of social practice theory to enhance theoretical approaches in this area.

Item ID: 61314
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6763
Keywords: tourist shopping, Chinese outbound tourism, social practice theory, guanxi
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019
Funders: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Projects and Grants: CSC Grant 201406870007
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 01:31
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 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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