Volume 5 Issue 4 August 2007 Applied Research Note 1

Emotional Solidarity: Transcending the Superficial Relationships between Residents and Tourists

by Kyle M. Woosnam

The relationship between residents and tourists in particular communities has been characterized by an imbalance of power, superficial interactions, an exchange of goods for money, and the dichotomy of ‘self’ versus ‘other.’ What has been neglected within the tourism literature is the embrace of an emotional component within the relationship between the parties. The purpose of this work is to offer emotional solidarity as a viable framework to explain the deeper, affective connections residents and tourists possess with one another. Three “real world” examples of emotional solidarity are presented to indicate its existence. The remainder of the paper includes a call for greater exploratory research of the construct.

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