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The Children's University Tasmania: the transformative power of tourism


Ooi, CS and Shelley, B, The Children's University Tasmania: the transformative power of tourism, Justice and Ethics in Tourism, T Jamal (ed), London, pp. 222-228 (2019) [Entry]

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Copyright 2019 Tazim Jamal

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315162942-6


This case considers children and families who live in marginalized com­munities in Tasmania. They may not have the resources or ability to enjoy tourism sites that are freely available, such as going to museums or visiting parks (which are among the "trickle down" effects of government redistribu­tion of tourism income toward infrastructure, services and welfare). They may not benefit directly from the growth in tourism unless family members work in the industry. This section of the community has largely been ignored in tourism policy discussions even though policy-makers and the industry often make claims that tourism will benefit society at large. In what ways can the local tourism industry work with children and their families to build up social capital and "cultural capital" in a Bourdieusien sense so that these children will have a better foundation to succeed? Bourdieu identified three forms or "guises" of capital: economic, social and cultural. Depending on the field in which it functions social capital and cultural capital can be converted into economic capital. However, as Bourdieu and Passeron (1977) articulate in their theory of social reproduction, the different types of "capital" children and their families possess may pose a barrier to social mobility. Children experiencing the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage may not exhibit the embodied sense of cultural capital that tends to supplement or enhance achievement in the education system.

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Item Type:Entry
Keywords:Children's University, learning destinations, cultural capital
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
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)
UTAS Author:Shelley, B (Dr Becky Shelley)
ID Code:142282
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-01-05
Last Modified:2021-01-05

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