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Creativity and Tourism Networks: A Contribution to a Post-Mechanistic Economic Theory
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography. (ETOUR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3964-2716
Bocconi University, Italy.
2017 (English)In: Critical Tourism Studies VII Conference: Understand Tourism - Change Tourism - Understand Ourselves - Change Ourselves, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We criticize ‘orthodox’ economic theory byapplying the philosophical framework developed by K.H. Brodbeck (2008; 2012). Accordingly,we argue that creativity represents the core activity conducted within theboundaries of socio-economic networks. After discussing the changing notion of creativity throughout history ofthinking, the elements of a post-mechanistic economic framework are presented. Bydoing so, we elaborate on the idea that market economies are complex networksystems of interacting agents (individuals, organisations). In the second part,we conduct network analysis to assess network topologies of European tourismdestinations. By applying the network metric Simmelian brokerage (Latora et al. 2013), we show how network closureand structural holes can affect humans’ creativity. Findings reveal that European destinations show serious creativity gaps.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
creativity, tourism networks, post-mechanistic economic theory, network analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32453DiVA, id: diva2:1166273
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Critical Tourism Studies - Understand Tourism - Change Tourism - Understand Ourselves - Change Ourselves, VII Conference, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, June 25-29, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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