Tourism and Willing Workers on Organic Farms: A collision of two spaces in sustainable agriculture

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Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, 111 pp. 421 - 429
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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. The purpose of this paper is to offer a conceptual analysis of the space created by the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) host as a part of the organic farming movement and how that space now collides with the idea of tourism heterotopias as the changing market sees WWOOFers who may be less motivated by organic farming and more by a cheaper form of holiday. The resulting contested space is explored looking at the role and delicate balance of WWOOFing as a form of sustainable tourism in the context of socially constructed understandings of space. Poststructural concepts of space suggest that it is impermanent, fragile and under constant threat of change. Space is constantly produced and reproduced in the process, spaces become sites where struggle and contestation occur, in this instance as one discourse or discursive practice, namely WWOOFing, intersects with and is influenced by the more dominant capital centric discourse of mass tourism.
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