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American Journal of Rural Development. 2016, 4(1), 15-23
DOI: 10.12691/ajrd-4-1-3
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Growing Complexity in Rural Areas. Networking through Tourism and Recreation

R.V. Schroeder1, , F. M. Zimmermann2 and N. Formiga3

1Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén, Argentina

2Department of Geography and Regional Science, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

3Departamento de Geografía y Turismo, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Pub. Date: March 04, 2016

Cite this paper:
R.V. Schroeder, F. M. Zimmermann and N. Formiga. Growing Complexity in Rural Areas. Networking through Tourism and Recreation. American Journal of Rural Development. 2016; 4(1):15-23. doi: 10.12691/ajrd-4-1-3


Changes in rural functions also involve the development of the tourist trade. Focused on host communities’ participation and strengthening territorial identity, local and regional networks are essential in coordinating, developing and supporting learning and cooperation activities. Considering these factors it is necessary to take a broader view of local development, from actions carried out in different dimensions, both local and non-local, to strategies (formal and informal) to revitalize economic activities and create attractive areas for living. The purpose is to analyze conditions, mechanisms and agents that have significant impact on the territorial dynamism. South West Buenos Aires Province (Argentina) has been selected as a case study. The empirical data used is a set of in-depth interviews with identified agents and experts. It is a non-random selection of 20 respondents. The analysis is structured through a network of interactions with a mapping of key local stakeholders, identifying moreover, agro-productive establishments and institutions that are working with new tourist alternatives. In the case study it is possible to observe a process generated by private and individual (not systematized) initiatives, which in recent years has been supported by public bodies. This shows a starting process where social networking and new forms of knowledge transfer are an influential part of articulated strategies to support territorial dynamism.

rural tourism learning and cooperation networks local development territorial dynamism Sudoeste Bonaerense Villa Serrana La Gruta Argentina

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