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Community and Connection: Exploring Non-monetary Aspects of the Collaborative Economy Through Recreation Vehicle Use

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Hardy, A, Community and Connection: Exploring Non-monetary Aspects of the Collaborative Economy Through Recreation Vehicle Use, Collaborative Economy and Tourism, Springer International Publishing, Dredge D and Gyimothy S (ed), Netherlands ISBN 978-3-319-51797-1 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2017 Springer International Publishing AG

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51799-5_15

Abstract

This chapter posits that recreational vehicle users (RVers) provide a context through which non-monetary transactions and tribal behaviours that occur within the collaborative economy may be explored. The chapter uses a neo-tribal lens to explore RVers and their alignment with the collaborative economy. Using an ethno-methodological approach, it argues that there are functional and affectual dimensions that underpin non-monetary transactions. Functional dimensions relate to a desire to ensure that RV travellers are able to achieve their travel goals. The affectual dimensions give RVers a sense of belonging, fellowship within a group, and ultimately an opportunity to realise the freedom they seek to experience through RVing. The chapter suggests that the heavy emphasis given to the Internet as the conduit for the collaborative economy to occur may not always be relevant for all styles of travellers. Moreover, it adds depth to previous research into the collaborative economy by demonstrating that non-monetary collaborative transactions can build a sense of belonging, fellowship and shared sentiment.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Sharing economy, collaborative economy, recreational vehicles
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism Management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism
Objective Field:Tourism not elsewhere classified
Author:Hardy, A (Dr Anne Hardy)
ID Code:116798
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Marketing
Deposited On:2017-05-22
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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