Rural subaltern people are generally relegated to the role of passive tourees, allowed to informally glean bits of income not worthwhile to the formal tourism industry. However, under some circumstances, microentrepreneurs find ways to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tourism to improve their livelihoods and gain human agency. The People-First Tourism Lab employs a participatory action research methodology to investigate tourism microentrepreneurship and its effect on participating individuals and communities. In this chapter, the authors provide a background of the project implemented in the State of North Carolina, USA, explain the research methodology, and outline current and forthcoming efforts.
Morais, D.B., Ferreira, B.S., Nazariadli, S. and Ghahramani, L. (2017), "Tourism Microentrepreneurship Knowledge Cogeneration", Knowledge Transfer to and within Tourism (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice, Vol. 8), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 73-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-144320170000008006
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