Volunteers and Volunteering in Tourism: Social Science Perspectives

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Holmes, Kirsten, Lockstone, Leonie, Smith, Karen and Baum, Tom (2007) Volunteers and Volunteering in Tourism: Social Science Perspectives. In: CAUTHE 2007 tourism - past achievements, future challenges. McDonnell, Ian, Grabowski, Simone and March, Roger, eds. University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W, pp. 1024-1034.


Tourism has been examined within the context of social science theory, however, little work has considered the range of social science disciplines and applied them to specific phenomena located within the field. This paper adopts such an approach to conceptualise and examine tourism volunteers and volunteering. In particular, the sociological view focuses upon the conceptualisation of volunteering as leisure, the psychological view seeks to understand motivations driving volunteering, the economics view complements these perspectives in terms of why people volunteer and further examines the value of volunteer contributions and finally the political view discusses social capital and its relevance to volunteering. Comparative consideration of these key disciplines provides a picture of the status of research relating to tourism volunteers and volunteering. This analysis enables gaps in current knowledge and conclusions and implications for improved understanding to be identified. Proceedings of the 17th Annual CAUTHE Conference 11-14 February 2007 Manly, Sydney, Australia.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6687
ISBN 9780646469980
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > FOR Classification > 1599 Other Commerce Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords ResPubID13035, volunteering in tourism, project-based leisure, volunteer motivation, Market Price of Equivalency model, volunteer tourism, leisure migration
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