Patron-client ties in tourism: The case study of Xidi, China

Zhang, Xiaoming, Ding, Peiyi and Bao, Jigang (2009) Patron-client ties in tourism: The case study of Xidi, China. Tourism Geographies, 11 3: 390-407. doi:10.1080/14616680903032791

Author Zhang, Xiaoming
Ding, Peiyi
Bao, Jigang
Title Patron-client ties in tourism: The case study of Xidi, China
Journal name Tourism Geographies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-6688
Publication date 2009-08-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14616680903032791
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 390
End page 407
Total pages 18
Editor Alan A. Lew
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified
150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
Abstract Studies of rural tourism in China often refer to the concept of guanxi in discussing traditional cultural and special social phenomena. However, guanxi mainly refers to a unilateral, 'request-offer' relationship, while the reality in rural destinations of China is far more complicated and where social relations may involve bilateral, trilateral or even more intricate interactions. In this case study of Xidi, a World Cultural Heritage village in Anhui Province, China, the patron-client concept is introduced to better describe asymmetric exchange of resources and opportunities between unequal individuals or groups. The patrons in this case consist of experts, central government, local government, mass media and local officials, while the clients involve the village autonomous organization, the tourism company, the community leaders and the company managers. Patterns and impacts of the patron-client ties are analysed in detail and the model of a tourism-orientated path-dependence is discussed.
Keyword Patron-client
Social exchange
Rural tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 03 Sep 2009, 17:43:13 EST by Mr Andrew Martlew on behalf of School of Tourism