Tourism Encounters and Controversies

Tourism Encounters and Controversies : Ontological Politics of Tourism Development

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The multiplicity of tourism encounters provide some of the best available occasions to observe the social world and its making(s). Focusing on ontological politics of tourism development, this book examines how different versions of tourism are enacted, how encounters between different versions of tourism orderings may result in controversies, but also on how these enactments and encounters are entangled in multiple ways to broader areas of development, conservation, policy and destination management. Throughout the book, encounters and controversies are investigated from a poststructuralist and relational approach as complex and emerging, seeing the roles and characteristics of related actors as co-constituted. Inspired by post-actor-network theory and related research, the studies include the social as well as the material, but also multiplicity and ontological politics when examining controversial matters or events.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 16mm | 590g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1472424360
  • 9781472424365

Table of contents

Contents: Tourism encounters, controversies and ontologies, Gunnar Thor Johannesson, Carina Ren and Rene van der Duim; Shaping money and relationships in touristic Cuba, Valerio Simoni; Reef controversies: the case of Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia, Senna Middelveld, Rene van der Duim and Rico Lie; Entrepreneurship and controversies of tourism development, Anniken Forde; Mapping the new Nordic issue-scape: how to navigate a diffuse controversy with digital methods, Anders Kristian Munk and Anne-Kristine Bocher Ellern; Real things, tourist things and drawing the line in the ocean, Felicity Picken; Conflicts forever. The path dependencies of tourism conflicts: the case of Anabeb Conservancy, Namibia, Arjaan Pellis, Martijn Duineveld and Lauren Wagner; The tourist-vampire and the citizen as ontological figures: human and nonhuman encounters in the postpolitical, Richard Ek; Hotel California: biopowering tourism, from new economy Singapore to post-Mao China, Claudio Minca and Chin Ee Ong; A fish called tourism: emergent realities of tourism policy in Iceland, Gunnar Thor Johannesson; Topological encounters: marketing landscapes for tourists, Edward H. Huijbens; Possible Greenland: on 'futuring' in nation branding, Carina Ren; Postscript: making headways, expanding the field and slowing down, Carina Ren, Rene van der Duim and Gunnar Thor Johannesson; Index.
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Review quote

'At last a book that takes us beyond simple case studies! This collection re-introduces us to the concept of phronesis or practical wisdom as a means to develop a more sophisticated analysis of tourism encounters as diverse topological relations. The authors develop important insights into the relations of tourism encounters based upon their nuanced conflicts and multiple assemblages.' Kevin Hannam, Leeds Beckett University, UK 'Instead of asking what tourism is, this ground-breaking book shows what tourism does - with whom and with what. It brings the pedagogics of tourism studies from a mere schooling of the labour force for fixed jobs into a creative platform of relational encounters that engender practical and skilful knowledge and concerns about tourism in the future.' Soile Veijola, University of Lapland, Finland
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About Professor Dimitri Ioannides

Gunnar ThA(3)r JA(3)hannesson is Associate Professor at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland. His research interests are in the area of tourism policy, cultural economies and innovation. Carina Ren is Associate professor in culture and innovation at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests include tourism encounters, the materiality of tourism and destination and nation branding practices. Rene van der Duim has a Special Professorship in Tourism and Sustainable Development at Wageningen Uuniversity. His research focuses on the relation between tourism and sustainable development.
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