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Paying for proximity: touching the moral economy of ecological voluntourism

Chapter


Abstract


  • I met John in 2013 on a volunteer conservation tour to Montague Island,

    New South Wales, Australia. John, like many visitors to Montague Island

    described the location as a ‘wilderness’. Working in collaboration with

    National Parks of New South Wales, I was working as part of a team project

    exploring the social transformations brought about by volunteer nature

    tourism. Within the three years of this project, from 2010–2013, we have

    had the chance to observe and talk to voluntourists, who pay around $580

    each to participate in a 3-day itinerary on the island. Through open and semi-

    structured interviews with participants on the island, and follow-up interviews

    after their trip, we developed a richer understanding of volunteer tourism in

    the flow of life. Having observed nature voluntourist practices we became

    particularly interested in the role of touch in how people engage with sets of

    ideas about nature and nature conservation on Montague Island. John was not

    the only voluntourist who felt the need to touch in the moment of encounter

    with penguins. This chapter explores touch as a mechanism to disclose the

    moral compass of voluntourists in places were human touch is unwanted (see

    Figure 13.1).

Authors


  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Figueroa, Robert (external author)
  •   Nagle, Tom (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Waitt , G., Figueroa, R. Melchior. & Nagle, T. (2014). Paying for proximity: touching the moral economy of ecological voluntourism. In M. Mostafanezhad & K. Hannam (Eds.), Moral Encounters in Tourism (pp. 167-181). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472418449

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1473

Book Title


  • Moral Encounters in Tourism

Start Page


  • 167

End Page


  • 181

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472418449

Abstract


  • I met John in 2013 on a volunteer conservation tour to Montague Island,

    New South Wales, Australia. John, like many visitors to Montague Island

    described the location as a ‘wilderness’. Working in collaboration with

    National Parks of New South Wales, I was working as part of a team project

    exploring the social transformations brought about by volunteer nature

    tourism. Within the three years of this project, from 2010–2013, we have

    had the chance to observe and talk to voluntourists, who pay around $580

    each to participate in a 3-day itinerary on the island. Through open and semi-

    structured interviews with participants on the island, and follow-up interviews

    after their trip, we developed a richer understanding of volunteer tourism in

    the flow of life. Having observed nature voluntourist practices we became

    particularly interested in the role of touch in how people engage with sets of

    ideas about nature and nature conservation on Montague Island. John was not

    the only voluntourist who felt the need to touch in the moment of encounter

    with penguins. This chapter explores touch as a mechanism to disclose the

    moral compass of voluntourists in places were human touch is unwanted (see

    Figure 13.1).

Authors


  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Figueroa, Robert (external author)
  •   Nagle, Tom (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Waitt , G., Figueroa, R. Melchior. & Nagle, T. (2014). Paying for proximity: touching the moral economy of ecological voluntourism. In M. Mostafanezhad & K. Hannam (Eds.), Moral Encounters in Tourism (pp. 167-181). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472418449

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1473

Book Title


  • Moral Encounters in Tourism

Start Page


  • 167

End Page


  • 181

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472418449