"They are people just like us:" Examining the constructs of Durkheim's emotional solidarity framework among residents of Beaufort County, South Carolina. March 24, 2009. Traditional resident-tourist relationship. Financial exchanges (Wall & Mathieson 2006) Superficial (Mason 2008)
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"They are people just like us:" Examining the constructs of Durkheim's emotional solidarity framework among residents of Beaufort County, South Carolina
March 24, 2009
and natural beauty
I find the common belief in the history and preservation of the island. Many of our visitors who take our tour and talking about the past and conservation district that this island once was—you both yearn for half-way back, wishing we could just be somewhere in-between where we are now and where we were then. There are things we should have saved and we didn’t. History is very important to many of our tourists. It is important to us (Lifelong resident [M]on HHI who own kayaking tour company).
They [tourists] marvel at the beauty of it, especially where I work at the visitors’ center—they stare out at the marsh and say, ‘aaahhh.’ They cannot believe that it is so pristine. They are just shocked by it and are able to enjoy it as much as possible(Bluffton resident [F] who works part time at the HHI visitor center; recently moved to the area).
eateries and local shops
‘Third Friday’ has been a big promotion of the area. Every third Friday they block off Calhoun Street [in Bluffton], have vendors, musicians, and performers and it allows people to interact with the local community (A retired businessman [M] from Delaware who has lived in Bluffton for 5 years).
I often encounter tourists at the toll booth. I keep a stash of quarters for those who either realize they had to have correct change or they are not sure where they are going (Homemaker [F]from HHI who has lived on-island for 20 years).
There is a friendship that develops, and when people have been visiting and seeing you for 3, 4, or 5 years, you quickly become old friends. I’ve even gone to visit a couple where they live (Lifelong resident [M]in Beaufort who owns a real estate company).
I try to remind people all the time when they start complaining about the tourists. I say, ‘we were all…most of us were all tourists at one time. So we should be very careful about how critical we are of tourists and have a little bit more empathy for people out there’ (Retired engineer [M] from Michigan living on HHI for 15 years).
Whenever I do feel frustration towards a tourist who may not know where they are going or may not be sure where they are going or whatever…I think back to whenever we first moved here or when I am a visitor in another town (Middle aged homemaker [F] from Bluffton).
When I walk or exercise in the historic area, quite often I see primarily senior citizens taking the horse-drawn tour or even taking the walking tour and I personally enjoy seeing them because they are so laid back and relaxed(Retired schoolteacher [F] living in Beaufort; recently relocated).