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Tourism development and changing rural identity in China

Xue, Lan ; Kerstetter, Deborah ; Hunt, Carter

Annals of Tourism Research, September 2017, Vol.66, pp.170-182 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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    Tourism development and changing rural identity in China
  • Autor: Xue, Lan ; Kerstetter, Deborah ; Hunt, Carter
  • Assuntos: Community Development ; Identity ; Rural ; Chongdu Valley ; Geography
  • É parte de: Annals of Tourism Research, September 2017, Vol.66, pp.170-182
  • Descrição: To access, purchase, authenticate, or subscribe to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.07.016 Byline: Lan Xue [lanxuefree@gmail.com] (*), Deborah Kerstetter, Carter Hunt Keywords Community development; Identity; Rural; Chongdu Valley Highlights * Rural identity changes dramatically with tourism development in Chongdu Valley, China. * The material changes brought by tourism development play a key role in identity change. * The results indicate the emergence of a new kind of rural-urban relationship in China. Abstract This study examines the patterns and driving factors of identity change amongst residents of Chongdu Valley, China, who have been experiencing tourism development since the mid-1990s. Employing semi-structured interviews and participant observation, this study uncovered four types of identity change in the community: (1) a transition from notions of rural hardship to notions of rural amenity; (2) a corresponding transition from a sense of rural shame to a sense of rural pride; (3) an overall rise in community identity; and (4) rural identity became less "rural." Residents' identity changes can be attributed to three factors: shifted government policies, improved living standards, and host-guest interaction. The findings suggest that material changes brought by tourism development can impact residents' rural identity change. Author Affiliation: Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 12 March 2016; Revised 22 May 2017; Accepted 13 July 2017
  • Idioma: Inglês

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