Power, altruism and communitarian tourism: A comparative study

  • Chantell LaPan North Carolina State University
  • Duarte B Morais NC State University and University of Johannesburg
  • Carla Barbieri North Carolina State University
  • Tim Wallace North Carolina State University
Palabras clave: Percepciones de los residentes, turismo comunitario, Altruismo, Micro-empresarial, guatemala


Los residentes de San Juan La Laguna y San Pedro La Laguna, dos pueblos vecinos en la cuenca del Lago de Atitlán (Guatemala), han seguido trayectorias de desarrollo turístico muy diferentes a pesar de su proximidad. En este estudio se evalúa la utilidad de la Teoría de Intercambio Social (SET) bajo diferentes modelos económicos. Se realiza un estudio comparativo de casos combinando métodos cualitativos y cuantitativos, a fin de explorar las percepciones de las residentes respecto a las ventajas e inconvenientes derivadas del desarrollo turístico de sus pueblos. Los hallazgos indican que SET puede explicar los intercambios bajo un modelo económico liberal, pero no bajo un modelo comunitario. Los resultados también sugieren que la fuerte colaboración comunitaria guiada por organizaciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales puede ayudar a mantener los beneficios del turismo en las comunidades de destino, mientras que previene algunos de sus costos.

Biografía del autor/a

Chantell LaPan, North Carolina State University

Dr. Chantell LaPan received her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in 2014 from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on poverty alleviation and well-being through tourism development, with a focus on micro-entrepreneurship and issues of social justice including gender, indigenous rights and equity.

Duarte B Morais, NC State University and University of Johannesburg
Associate Professor of Equitable and Sustainable Tourism, NC State University; Visiting Associate Professor of Geography, University of Johannesburg
Tim Wallace, North Carolina State University

Associate Professor

Department Of Sociology and Anthropology

North Carolina State University


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Cómo citar
LaPan, C., Morais, D., Barbieri, C., & Wallace, T. (2016). Power, altruism and communitarian tourism: A comparative study. PASOS Revista De Turismo Y Patrimonio Cultural, 14(4). https://doi.org/10.25145/j.pasos.2016.14.058