Beggars-tourists' interactions: an unobtrusive typological approach

Andriotis, Konstantinos ORCID: (2016) Beggars-tourists' interactions: an unobtrusive typological approach. Tourism Management, 52 . pp. 64-73. ISSN 0261-5177 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2015.06.006)

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While the perennial phenomenon of begging exists in many historical cities, where tourists tend to concentrate, the topic has not been examined in depth in the context of tourism. By using Goffman’s (1955, 1963, 1971) dynamics of public space interaction and taking as a case the historical center of the city of Heraklion (Crete), this study draws on unobtrusive research methods (written records, non-participant observations and photographing), to shed further light on beggars-tourists’ encounters by exploring not only the strategies beggars adopt to ensure almsgiving from tourists, but also to provide a typology of beggars and tourists based on their interactions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 13 June 2015, Available online 27 June 2015
Keywords (uncontrolled): Goffman’s public space interaction; unobtrusive research; begging; beggars’ typology; street performance; vending.
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 17014
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2015 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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Depositing User: Konstantinos Andriotis
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 12:52

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