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Record number 538902
Title Reframing informal tourism entrepreneurial practices : Capital and field relations structuring the informal tourism economy of Chiang Mai
Author(s) Çakmak, Erdinç; Lie, Rico; McCabe, Scott
Source Annals of Tourism Research 72 (2018). - ISSN 0160-7383 - p. 37 - 47.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2018.06.003
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Bourdieu - Capitals - Entrepreneurship - Fields - Informal tourism economy - Thailand
Abstract

This article examines the types of capitals possessed by informal tourism entrepreneurs and locates their value within the field relations that orders their contribution to the tourism system. Bourdieu's theory on fields and capitals was applied to ethnographic narrative accounts of stakeholders in tourism in Chiang Mai, Thailand to assess these roles. Informal entrepreneurs have limited access to resources and their perspectives are excluded from academic debates and policy initiatives. The paper identifies the dynamism, positive social capital, flexibility, and symbolic capital of informal entrepreneurs. These are related to the field conditions that determine and structure their contribution to tourism destinations. The analysis reveals the importance of collaboration between informal entrepreneurs and other stakeholders, concluding with recommendations for policy makers.

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