Urban community-based tourism development: A networked social capital model

Thanakarn Bella Vongvisitsin, Wei Jue Huang, Brian King

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The rapid and uncontrolled tourism growth has impacted local livelihoods in many cities through commodification, gentrification, and expropriation. Though community-based tourism offers a prospective development alternative, the phenomenon has been underexplored in urban contexts which are more complex than their rural counterparts. The urban dwellers who are seeking to engage in collective actions need social capital. This study deploys a qualitative ethnographic approach using an in-depth interviewing technique undertaken in three historic Bangkok communities to investigate the dual nature of social capital in promoting and impeding cooperation and collaboration. The study presents six analytical themes and the networked social capital model to explain the roles of positive and negative social capital in urban community-based tourism development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103759
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date21 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


  • Community development
  • Community engagement
  • Community-based tourism
  • Social capital
  • Social network
  • Urban tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing


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