Values of souvenirs as commodities

Paraskevaidis, Pavlos and Andriotis, Konstantinos ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Values of souvenirs as commodities. Tourism Management, 48 . pp. 1-10. ISSN 0261-5177 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2014.10.014)

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Although souvenirs have received increased research interest in tourism studies, sociological research in this field still remains limited. This exploratory study aspires to overcome past research negligence on the values identified in social theory for commodities, such as Marx’s use and exchange values and Baudrillard’s sign-value, as well as introducing an additional one, the spiritual-value. By using a sample of twenty respondents in Veria, a small city in Northern Greece, this study attempts to interpret souvenirs as commodities with certain values and to identify the functions that tourists expect to perceive when purchasing them. Despite its limitations, this study provided a theoretical understanding of the sociological aspects of souvenirs’ consumption in relation to the four values.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): Values of souvenirs, Marx’s use and exchange values, Baudrillard’s sign-value, spirituality, authenticity
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 14457
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Depositing User: Konstantinos Andriotis
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:46

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