Title

Identification with Resource-Based Occupations and Desire for Tourism: Are the Two Necessarily Inconsistent?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Society and Natural Resources

Publication Date

2006

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

19

Issue

8

First Page

693

Last Page

707

Abstract

Occupational identity is frequently used to explain why rural residents traditionally involved in natural resource-based occupations have no interest in tourism activities as a form of economic development, with researchers arguing these residents view tourism as inconsistent with the cultural traditions associated with more traditional rural occupations such as logging, mining, or agriculture. However, the link between resource-based occupational identity and attitudes about tourism development has not been systematically tested. Using survey data from three Western communities undergoing social and economic changes, this article examines this relationship and assesses the influence of other variables that may impact the relationship. Results show that while resource-based occupational identity is associated with attitudes toward tourism, perception of the local economic condition is a stronger predictor of such attitudes.

DOI

10.1080/08941920600801108

Comments

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