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Empowerment and resident support for tourism in rural Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): the case of Pomerania, Poland
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Univ Georgia, USA.
Univ Wroclaw, Poland.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, ISSN 0966-9582, E-ISSN 1747-7646, Vol. 25, no 4, 554-572 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite empowerment being a crucial component of sustainable tourism, few scholars have quantitatively operationalized empowerment and looked at how it applies to rural societies within the post-communist European Union (EU) member states. Knowing the high priority of sustainable rural development goals within the EU, empowering residents within these post-communist societies has become a pertinent issue especially where those societies appear more reluctant to engaging in democratic ways of decision-making. In response to this gap, this study tests the cross-cultural validity of the Resident Empowerment through Tourism Scale, and then evaluates how empowerment predicts residents' support for tourism within the municipality of Choczewo, Pomerania, Poland. Using a theoretical perspective that blends Social Exchange Theory with Weber's Theory of Formal and Substantive Rationality, these non-economic empowerment dimensions are coupled with a measure of resident perceptions of economically benefiting from tourism to see if rural residents in Choczewo, Poland, are more swayed by the economic or non-economic benefits of tourism. Results show that residents within this Central and Eastern Europe setting are more influenced by the pride and self-esteem boost associated with psychological empowerment and the perceptions of increased community cohesion (i.e. social empowerment) than the economic promises of tourism.

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Channel View Publications, 2017. Vol. 25, no 4, 554-572 p.
Keyword [en]
tourism, sustainable development, resident attitudes towards tourism, confirmatory factory analysis, structural equation modeling, European Union (EU)
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Economics and Business
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Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64350DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2016.1224891ISI: 000399560100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64350DiVA: diva2:1098399
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved

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