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Volunteer Tourism: How the public opinion has changed and how Post-development ideas are shaping the discourse on volunteer tourism
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Volunteer tourism is a globally, popular and well-known field in which anyone may participate. During recent years the industry has increasingly received some criticism, in contrast to the otherwise quite commonly positive view of it. Hence, this thesis is taking a closer look at the industry and the discourse surrounding it and how the public opinion has changed during the last years. It will bring into light the impact volunteer tourism has both on the local communities and the volunteer tourists themselves. This will be done with respect to the following cases; positive, critical and seeing both sides of the discourse. The data derives from secondary and tertiary sources, the majority from articles from four of the world’s biggest newspapers. Post-Development theory will be used to identify the ideas regarding the discourse, which will be done with an approach of structured, focused comparison and critical discourse analysis. Additionally it will aim to identify the pros and cons with volunteer tourism and discuss why one of the perspectives might require more attention than it has had up until now. Significantly though, it will aim to provide the reader with an overall and objective view of the field. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
Volunteer tourism, Post-development theory, power dynamics, altruism, The Huffington post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The New York Times
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80096DiVA, id: diva2:1284273
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved

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