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Journeys of discovery in volunteer tourism: international case study perspectives.

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This book explores the experiences of the volunteer tourist and the ensuing narratives between host and volunteer as it manifests in diverse and increasingly contested political international contexts. As such, this volume includes case studies conducted in 12 countries across six continents. The book is organized into three parts that explore key approaches to, and dimensions of, volunteer touris...

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Chapter 11 (Page no: 130)

The dynamics behind volunteer tourism.

This chapter directs attention towards the antecedents of volunteer tourism. It is argued that there are four useful levels of analysis in seeking an understanding of the drivers of alternative tourism and its immediate exemplar of volunteer tourism. The first level of analysis is historical and broadly anthropological and here the development of civilizations, environmental ethics and the quest for otherness are explored as sources of understanding. The next level is the macro-sociological view. While at times such a view is closely allied to the cultural historians' and anthropologists' perspectives, some additional insights are generated by considering the characteristics attributed to generational differences. In particular, the contrasting travel attitudes and values of baby boomers, generation X and generation Y cohorts are considered. The active, embodied responses of these cohorts to what is broadly referred to as postmodernity complete a third and dynamic micro-sociological level of explanation. The final level of explanation is psychological, with the frameworks of social psychology (in terms of equity theory) and motivational analysis both making contributions to the discussion. It is argued that, like tourism itself, the roots of volunteer tourism are based in different layers of human and social needs that act in concert to create the forms we witness.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Volunteer tourism as alternative tourism: journeys beyond otherness. Author(s): Lyons, K. D. Wearing, S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) 'Pettin' the critters': exploring the complex relationship between volunteers and the voluntoured in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico. Author(s): McGehee, N. G. Andereck, K.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Volunteering tourism knowledge: a case from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Author(s): Ruhanen, L. Cooper, C. Fayos-Solá, E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 36) Lessons from Cuba: a volunteer army of ambassadors. Author(s): Spencer, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 48) 'Make a difference!': the role of sending organizations in volunteer tourism. Author(s): Raymond, E.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 63) The volunteer's journey through leisure into the self. Author(s): Wearing, S. Deville, A. Lyons, K.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 72) Gibbons in their midst? Conservation volunteers' motivations at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand. Author(s): Broad, S. Jenkins, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 86) Discovering self and discovering others through the Taita Discovery Centre Volunteer Tourism Programme, Kenya. Author(s): Lepp, A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 101) Negotiated selves: exploring the impact of local-global interactions on young volunteer travellers. Author(s): Matthews, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 118) Opening the gap: the motivation of gap year travellers to volunteer in Latin America. Author(s): Söderman, N. Snead, S. L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 147) All for a good cause? The blurred boundaries of volunteering and tourism. Author(s): Lyons, K. Wearing, S.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 155) Volunteers as hosts and guests in museums. Author(s): Holmes, K. Edwards, D.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 166) Journeys for experience: the experiences of volunteer tourists in an indigenous community in a developed nation - a case study of New Zealand. Author(s): McIntosh, A. J. Zahra, A.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 182) Absences in the volunteer tourism phenomenon: the right to travel, solidarity tours and transformation beyond the one-way. Author(s): Higgins-Desbiolles, F. Russell-Mundine, G.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 195) Mediating volunteer tourism alternatives: guidebook representations of travel experiences in aboriginal Australia. Author(s): Young, T.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Foundation Professor of Tourism, School of Business, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933807
  • Record Number
  • 20083128889