Rural tourism development: Shifting basis of community solidarity

Yueh Huang Huang, William P. Stewart

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Community solidarity is considered a definitive quality of many rural towns and one that could be dramatically influenced by accommodating tourism development. Previous research indicates that tourism brings people from different cultural backgrounds into a community. In this exploratory study, evidence indicates that tourism development changes residents' relationships to one another and to their community. Five propositions are discussed concerning the impacts of rural tourism: community diversification, delineation of social boundaries, conformity to an ideal to an image, shared image as a source of bonding, and a shifting basis of community solidarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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