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Title: Volunteer tourism, life politics and third space : a critical analysis
Author: Smith, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 7968 6534
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2018
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The thesis's research aims to critically examine volunteer tourism as a novel and innovative development associated with the pursuit of ethical lifestyles. Volunteer tourism advocates make significant claims for its potential to contribute to a greater understanding of issues of global inequality and development, and the difference individuals can make through social action. This constitutes an emerging discourse of volunteer tourism. The discourse is frequently reflected in practice by the promotional material and mission statements issued by a range of volunteer sending organisations. Volunteer tourism is seen as having the potential to constitute novel and innovative forms of making a difference to global issues, although there are significant debates over what constitutes the desirable ethical approach. Indeed, some have questioned the very concept of 'volunteer tourism', citing the problematic merging of volunteering with leisure; the long history of international volunteering or the incompatibility self-interested tourism and altruistic volunteering (Stebbins, 1996; Callanan and Thomas, 2005; Guttentag, 2009; Butcher and Smith, 2010; Sharpley, 2018). Nonetheless, in different ways volunteer tourism is seen as offering creative and practical ways and spaces to build a new ethical lifestyles and a significant body of literature has been published which this thesis argues constitutes the volunteer tourism discourse.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: G0155 Tourism