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Harmony rules in Chinese backpacker groups

Cai, Wenjie, Cohen, Scott A. and Tribe, John (2019) Harmony rules in Chinese backpacker groups Annals of Tourism Research, 75. pp. 120-130.

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Despite recognition that Chinese backpackers travel in small, self-organised groups, studies have yet to examine how group dynamics affect the travel experience. Multi-sited ethnography and netnography were deployed to follow Chinese backpackers in Europe to explore their group dynamics. The findings reveal that Chinese backpackers sustain hierarchical group relations by applying cultural attributes of ‘respect for authority’ and ‘keqi’. A conflict-free status is achieved by following the codes of ‘guanxi’ and ‘conformity’. Harmony is practiced to either develop harmonious relationships or resolve potential discord. This study contributes to the literature on harmony by synthesising relevant cultural attributes to understand their applications in group dynamic. It furthermore contributes to the literature on backpacker tourism and self-organised travel group dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Cohen, Scott
Date : March 2019
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2018.12.010
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Harmony; Group dynamics; Chinese outbound backpackers; Discord; Mobile ethnography; Travel experience
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 22 Jan 2019 09:49
Last Modified : 31 Mar 2021 02:08

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