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Tourism geography research in China: institutional perspectives on community tourism development

Xu, Honggang; Zhang, Chaozhi; Lew, Alan A.

Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment -- Routledge -- Volume: 16 5; (pages 711-716) -- 2014

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  • Title:
    Tourism geography research in China: institutional perspectives on community tourism development
  • Author: Xu, Honggang;
    Zhang, Chaozhi;
    Lew, Alan A.
  • Found In: Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment. Volume 16:Number 5(2014); 20141020; 711-716
  • Journal Title: Tourism geographies: an international journal of tourism space, place and environment
  • Subjects: Travel; Ecotourism; LCSH: Travel; LCSH: Ecotourism; Dewey: 910
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge
  • Abstract:

    The explosive growth of tourism in China since the 1980s has generated attendant interest in tourism research in the country, among researchers both in the mainland and outside. The dialogue between the two communities (domestic and international researchers) is also growing, but is as yet still limited, with insufficient contributions from Chinese mainland tourism researchers to the international academic world. China provides a rich field for examining the cultural, social and institutional context in which tourism develops. Recent studies of village-based community tourism development in China, with an emphasis on institutional perspectives, provide some insight on the dynamic and complex changes of rural communities along with tourism development. In general, these papers show that village participation in decision making is growing, although examples of disempowerment are as rife as those of growing empowerment. Contested resources are one of the most influential factors in this struggle, along with the rapid growth of tourism that the country has experienced since the 1980s. The papers in this special collection also demonstrate the distinct character of domestic tourism research in China, which engages the rich body of literature published in Chinese, but is generally less connected to broader international debates in the predominantly Anglo-American English publishing realm.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1461-6688
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    8870.920842
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100032886245.0x000001

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