Carrigan, M, Lazell, J, Bosangit, C and Magrizos, S (2017) Burgers for tourists who give a damn! Driving disruptive social change upstream and downstream in the tourist food supply chain. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25 (11). 1563 - 1582. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

Using the theoretical lens of social capital this paper examines the role of small tourist food businesses and their impact on the sustainability of the destination and local food supply chains. The paper analyses the experiences of small business owner-managers highlighting the complex and subtle nature of the socially responsible strategies used to progress sustainability in a tourist destination. The findings show that authentic lifestyles, motivated by intrinsic not just extrinsic rewards, are driving disruptive social change upstream and downstream in the tourist food supply chain. Small food business owner-managers are catalysts for ‘common’ good, and as supporters for ethical and sustainable food chains have considerable local tourism influence and impact. Social capital strengthens their sense of destination ownership and fuels an obligation to protect their fragile tourist resources. The intersection between social capital, authenticity and responsibility among small food businesses in the tourist industry is demonstrated.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2017.1291652 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: responsible/sustainable tourism, food businesses, social capital theory, SMEs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 13:25
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 01:30
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4524

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