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Asian tourists and cultural complexity: implications for practice and the Asianisation of tourism scholarship


Ooi, CS, Asian tourists and cultural complexity: implications for practice and the Asianisation of tourism scholarship, Tourism Management Perspectives, 31 pp. 14-23. ISSN 2211-9736 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tmp.2019.03.007


Asian tourist behaviour is often characterised along essentialistic terms such as Asians are collectivistic and hierarchical. The essentialist approach to understanding culture faces serious criticisms. In using cultural complexity instead of culture, this paper introduces functional culture and negotiated culture perspectives, as derived from structural functionalism and conflict theory respectively, to situate Asian tourist behaviour. Cultural complexity is manifested as a dynamic web of stable and yet changing social manifestations. The pool of contrasting and contradicting cultural manifestations is a resource for members of society to express, control and navigate the variety of situations they encounter in life. The diversity of potential cultural expressions also provides society room to experiment, respond and manage changing circumstances. This paper offers implications from the functional culture and negotiated culture perspectives on the management of Asian tourists. It also addresses the academic implication, in the context of the Asianisation of tourism scholarship.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cultural complexity, Asian tourists, Asianisation of scholarship, functional culture, negotiated culture, essentialist culture
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:131594
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-03-26
Last Modified:2020-09-10

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