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Embeddedness and migrant tourism entrepreneurs: A Polanyian perspective

Su, Xiaobo; Chen, Zhigang

Environment and planning. A. Volume 49:Number 3 (2017); pp 652-669 -- SAGE Publications Ltd

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  • Title:
    Embeddedness and migrant tourism entrepreneurs: A Polanyian perspective
  • Author: Su, Xiaobo;
    Chen, Zhigang
  • Found In: Environment and planning. A. Volume 49:Number 3 (2017); pp 652-669
  • Journal Title: Environment and planning. A
  • Subjects: City planning--Periodicals; Regional planning--Periodicals; City planning; Periodicals; Regional planning; Social and economic life--migrant tourism entrepreneurs--embeddedness--Lijiang ancient town--tourism production system; Dewey: 333.7
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Abstract:

    Tourism embodies flows of tourists, capital and information, as well as migration, including migrants who operate businesses. How do migrant entrepreneurs negotiate social ties and economic activities in their destinations? To answer this question, the paper draws on Polanyi's work on embeddedness to explore migrant tourism entrepreneurs (MTEs) and their modes of integration in the practice of social and economic life. We argue that MTEs are situated in a complex matrix in which they must build economic connections with locals and government officials, yet maintain a respectful distance with local groups, and develop embedded ties with other fellow migrants and tourists. Embeddedness, juxtaposed with distance, indicates that in tourist destinations, mixed patterns of economic and social relations significantly influence MTEs' social and economic life. A Polanyian perspective on embeddedness can provide useful theoretical tenets to understand entrepreneurial activities in a mobile world.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100072373245.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0308-518X; 10.1177/0308518X16674337
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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