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The Social and Cultural Capital of a Place and their Influence on the Production of Tourism - a Theorica Reflection based on an Illustrative Case Studyl
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Vol. 5, No. 2 1-14, 2005Article in journal (Refereed)
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The present article is part of a larger research context where the social and cultural capital of places seems to be fruitful concepts in solving certain theoretical and empirical problems in research on tourism production. The purpose of this paper is to specify and define these concepts, and discuss their scientific productivity by using an illustrative example

The concept of place captures such factors as the sense of or for a specific place. The place is then a materialization of, and an absolute condition for, a certain life mode, which here refers to peoples values and way of life at different places. The core of the life mode is grounded primarily in production. Different life modes contain different types of social and cultural capital that could have significance for tourism production.

Certain types of social capital appear to be especially influential in the development of small business enterprise. This is what labeled bridging social capital, which refers to social relations characterized by determination as well as a sense of community and solidarity. As for cultural capital, a longer tradition of smaller businesses appears to promote small business enterprise in the tourism industry.

The conclusion is that these concepts are fruitful for analyzing the local breeding ground for small business enterprises in tourism production.


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Key words: small business enterprise in tourism production, place, life mode, social and cultural capital
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24763OAI: diva2:598534
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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