Relationship Between Second Homes and Tourism
The popularity of second homes (alternatively known as holiday homes or summer houses) has become an increasingly important feature of the tourism profile in many countries. At the same time, the effects of periodic detachment from urban life enjoyed by the owners of these second homes have become a matter of growing interest to sociologists. In recent years, the influx of townspeople into rural areas has transcended national boundaries, so the consequent intermingling of ideas and cultures from outside as well as inside the country can have a profound impact on the individuals and communities concerned. The focus in this chapter is upon Turkey, a country where the second home phenomenon has attracted the sociologists’ attention. Research conducted in the Muğla region between 1996 and 2009 is used in an attempt to evaluate, in a sociological context, changes in rural life brought about by tourism in general and second homes in particular.
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