The transition from seasonal worker to permanent resident: social barriers faced within a mountain resort community

Ooi, Natalie, Mair, Judith and Laing, Jennifer (2014) The transition from seasonal worker to permanent resident: social barriers faced within a mountain resort community. Journal of Travel Research, 55 2: 246-260. doi:10.1177/0047287514546226

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Author Ooi, Natalie
Mair, Judith
Laing, Jennifer
Title The transition from seasonal worker to permanent resident: social barriers faced within a mountain resort community
Journal name Journal of Travel Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2875
1552-6763
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0047287514546226
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 2
Start page 246
End page 260
Total pages 15
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract While seasonal workers form a central component of the tourism industry, there has been limited research on their sociological interactions with, and acceptance by, the host communities in which they reside. This ethnographic case study uses social capital as a heuristic device to examine the experiences of, and social barriers faced by, seasonal workers hoping to become permanent community residents within the mountain resort community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Research findings indicate the existence of social barriers in the form of tight bonding networks and a lack of bridging networks, which exclude and marginalize many of these seasonal workers from the community. This has helped promote residential instability in what is already a transient community, raising concerns regarding future community ownership and attachment.
Keyword Seasonal workers
Mountain resort tourism
Social capital
Ethnography
Amenity migration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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