Social capital in Malaysian homestays: exploring hosts’ social relations

Rokhshad Tavakoli, Paolo Mura*, Sushila Devi Rajaratnam

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This paper explores social capital among Malaysian homestay providers. More specifically, this work focuses on the social relationships between (a) the homestay providers and their family members; (b) the homestay providers and other accommodation providers; and (c) the homestay providers and other members of the community not involved in the homestay business. Despite the conspicuous body of knowledge on social capital in the social sciences and the increasing number of studies on social capital in tourism, little is known on whether and how homestays contribute to increase levels of social capital among the host families and between the host families and other members of the community in Malaysia. In an attempt to fill in this gap in knowledge, a qualitative study was conducted in a Malaysian homestay programme to explore hosts’ social relationships. One of the findings of the study is that homestay contributes to strengthen social capital among certain groups of the host community. However, as communities are constituted by heterogeneous groups with diverse interests, the dynamics of social capital and conflict vary according to the different groups of the host community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028-1043
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • homestay
  • host–host relationships
  • Malaysia
  • qualitative methodology
  • social capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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