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Destination Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Volunteer Tourism: An Equity Theory Approach

Burrai, E, Font, X and Cochrane, J (2015) Destination Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Volunteer Tourism: An Equity Theory Approach International Journal of Tourism Research, 17 (5). pp. 451-459.

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This study explores destination stakeholders’ perceptions of volunteer tourism (VT) using equity theory. In this paper, 26 semi-structured interviews were conducted to understand individuals’ needs, motivations, expectations and their assessments of inputs and outcomes. Equity theory sheds light on the micro-level of interaction between residents and volunteers and demonstrates why and how residents of Cusco (Peru) with an active role in VT develop certain perceptions in direct encounters with volunteer tourists. The data reveal how perceptions differ according to the respondents’ social roles within VT. Heterogeneity, dynamism and a fluctuation between materialities and affection are discussed as important outcomes of these interactions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Environment
Authors :
Date : September 2015
Identification Number : 10.1002/jtr.2012
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Volunteer tourism, Residents' perceptions, Social impacts of tourism, Equity theory
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:36
Last Modified : 18 May 2017 13:13

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