1st Edition

Activating Critical Thinking to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Tourism Systems

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    Activating Critical Thinking to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Tourism Systems focuses on the role of critical thinking and inquiry in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in tourism systems. The impetus for the development of this book emerged from the declaration by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This declaration purposely positions tourism as a tool to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs, thus mutually serving as an opportunity and responsibility to appraise from a critical lens what the SDGs signify and how they can be understood from multiple perspectives.

    The chapters in the book foster the next phase of sustainable tourism scholarship that actively considers the interconnections of the UN’s SDGs to tourism theory and praxis, and activates critical thinking to analyze and advance sustainability in tourism systems. It articulates the need for the academy to be more intrinsically involved in ongoing iterations of multilateral accords and decrees, to ensure they embody more critical and inclusive transitions toward sustainability, as opposed to market-driven, neoliberal directives. The contributions in this book encourage various worldviews challenging, shaping, and more critically reflecting the realities of global communities as related to, and impacted by, sustainable tourism development.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

    1. A critical framework for interrogating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda in tourism

    Karla A. Boluk, Christina T. Cavaliere & Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

    2. A pedagogical framework for the development of the critical tourism citizen

    Karla A. Boluk, Christina T. Cavaliere & Lauren N. Duffy

    3. Overcommitted to tourism and under committed to sustainability: the urgency of teaching "strong sustainability" in tourism courses

    Debbie Cotterell, Robert Hales, Charles Arcodia & Jo-Anne Ferreira

    4. No sustainability for tourism without gender equality

    Daniela Moreno Alarcón & Stroma Cole

    5. Assessing gender representation in knowledge production: a critical analysis of UNWTO’s planned events

    Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore, Elaine Chiao Ling Yang & Jess Sanggyeong Je

    6. Gender and sustainability – exploring ways of knowing – an ecohumanities perspective

    Kumi Kato

    7. The land has voice: understanding the land tenure – sustainable tourism development nexus in Micronesia

    T. S. Stumpf & C. L. Cheshire

    8. Critical discourse analysis and the questioning of dominant, hegemonic discourses of sustainable tourism in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa

    Andrew Lyon & Philippa Hunter-Jones

    9. Rethinking the ideology of responsible tourism

    Elisa Burrai, Dorina-Maria Buda & Davina Stanford

    10. Sustaining precarity: critically examining tourism and employment

    Richard N.S. Robinson, Antje Martins, David Solnet & Tom Baum

    11. Rethinking decent work: the value of dignity in tourism employment

    Anke Winchenbach, Paul Hanna & Graham Miller

    12. Constructing sustainable tourism development: The 2030 agenda and the managerial ecology of sustainable tourism

    C. Michael Hall

    13. Can tourism help to "end poverty in all its forms everywhere"? The challenge of tourism addressing SDG1

    Regina Scheyvens & Emma Hughes

    14. The critical capacities of restaurants as facilitators for transformations to sustainability

    Freya Higgins-Desbiolles & Gayathri Wijesinghe


    Karla A. Boluk, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Utilizing a critical lens, she investigates ways to sustainably engage and empower communities, positioning tourism as a mechanism for the creation of positive change.

    Christina T. Cavaliere, Ph.D., is a conservation social scientist. Her research involves the human dimensions of socio-ecological systems including tourism impacts and biocultural conservation. She serves as an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University, USA, and has experience working with universities, communities, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions on six continents.

    Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of South Australia. Her work focuses on human rights and justice issues in tourism. She has worked with communities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that seek to harness tourism for sustainable and equitable futures.