Altruism in tourism: social exchange theory vs altruistic surplus phenomenon in host volunteering

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Paraskevaidis, P. and Andriotis, K. 2017. Altruism in tourism: social exchange theory vs altruistic surplus phenomenon in host volunteering. Annals of Tourism Research. 62, pp. 26-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2016.11.002
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TitleAltruism in tourism: social exchange theory vs altruistic surplus phenomenon in host volunteering
AuthorsParaskevaidis, P. and Andriotis, K.
Abstract

Taking into consideration the scarcity of research on volunteering and altruistic behavior of host communities, this exploratory study examines altruism in tourism from the viewpoint of members of voluntary tourism associations. A literature review reveals two general types of altruism, i.e. reciprocal and true, as well as two theoretical constructs, namely Social Exchange Theory (SET) and Altruistic Surplus Phenomenon (ASP). By taking a sample of 21 members from two voluntary tourism associations located in the municipality of Veria, Northern Greece, this study confirms that reciprocal altruism is one of several motives for participating in voluntary tourism associations. Additionally, it is shown that ASP is more adequate than SET to interpret the study groups’ social behavior.

KeywordsAltruism; Social Exchange Theory; Altruistic Surplus Phenomenon; Motivation; Host volunteering; Voluntary tourism associations
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
ISSN0160-7383
Electronic1873-7722
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Online10 Dec 2016
Print01 Jan 2017
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Deposited24 Nov 2016
Accepted20 Nov 2016
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© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2016.11.002
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