Encountering begpackers

Tolkach, Denis, Jørgensen, Matias Thuen, Pratt, Stephen, and Suntikul, Wantanee (2019) Encountering begpackers. Tourism Recreation Research, 44 (1). pp. 17-32.

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‘Begpacking’ refers to the practice of tourists begging, busking or selling trinkets at their travel destinations to finance their travel. Instances of begpacking have recently caused condemnation in mainstream and social media, fuelled by the perception that begpackers come from the rich Western world to take advantage of host communities in Asia. We undertake exploratory research of this phenomenon via qualitative research with begpackers in situ, combining this with social experiments in which a researcher-begpacker simulates begpacking to seek out reactions from the host community. We use our findings to characterise and conceptualise begpackers, and to investigate the interaction between begpackers and the host community. Finally, we discuss differences in perception of the phenomenon by media, the local community and the begpackers themselves.

Item ID: 63286
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0250-8281
Keywords: Begging, backpacking, begpacking, equity theory, social experiment, Hong Kong
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 06:28
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441099 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 20%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350801 Impacts of tourism @ 40%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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