Existentially Understanding Tourism in Locale: A Dwelling Perspective

Xiaoqing Chen* (Corresponding Author), Carol Xiaoyue Zhang, Timothy Stone, John Lamb

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This study draws heavily on Heidegger’s post turn thinking of dwelling to provide a philosophically informed approach to comprehend host perceptions of tourism. The philosophical premise of dwelling, including (to) poetically dwell and the fourfold, existentially conceptualizes the host community and destination site as a oneness where host perceptions are formed and tourism-created consequences occur. A hermeneutic-phenomenological investigation of a village-based tourism initiative in China demonstrates that guanxi as the manner of dwelling fundamentally frames how a local destination community perceives tourism; in turn, the ongoing tourism development has profoundly influenced the hosts’ existential condition (i.e., the fourfold), leading them to unpoetically dwell.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102828
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date12 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • host perception
  • the fourfold
  • poetically dwell
  • Guanxi
  • hermeneutic phenomenology
  • rural tourism
  • The fourfold
  • Host perception
  • Hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Rural tourism
  • Poetically dwell


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