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A social cognitive theory of sustainability empathy

Font, X, Garay, L and Jones, S (2016) A social cognitive theory of sustainability empathy Annals of Tourism Research, 58. pp. 65-80.

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Social-Cognitive Theory is used to test the argument that the motivations behind sustainable tourism, and the types of sustainable actions undertaken, depend on one’s empathy towards sustainability. Latin American businesses were surveyed about their motivations for acting sustainably and any sustainability actions undertaken. Based on their responses, TwoStep cluster analysis found four clusters (cost, legitimisation, biospheric, and lifestyle). Acceptance of responsibility to be more sustainable depends on one’s level of empathy with, and attachment to, sustainability, explained by a beneficiary focus (personal norms that drive one to act to help oneself or others) and a cultural focus (acting in response to individualistic or collectivistic social norms). Lifestyle businesses are argued to be culturally individualistic but self-transcendent in benefit focus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sustainability
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Font, X
Garay, L
Jones, S
Date : May 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2016.02.004
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Collectivism, Ethics, Individualism, Morality, Self-serving, Self-transcendence
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Feb 2017 08:43
Last Modified : 08 Feb 2017 09:26

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