Anthropocene Ecologies brings political ecology and tourism studies to bear on the Anthropocene.
Through a collective examination of political ecologies of the Anthropocene by leading scholars in anthropology, geography and tourism studies, the book addresses critical themes of gender, health, conservation, agriculture, climate change, disaster, coastal marine management and sustainability. Each chapter theoretically and empirically unravels entanglements of tourism, nature and imagination to expose the political-ecological drivers of the Anthropocene as a material and symbolic force and its deepening integration with tourism. Grounded in ethnographic and qualitative research, the volume is interdisciplinary in scope, yet linked in its shared focus on the political threat as well as the social potential of the Anthropocene and its imaginaries. This collection contributes to emerging scholarship on tourism, sustainability and global environmental change in the current geological epoch.
Anthropocene Ecologies will be of great interest to political ecology focused scholars of tourism, socio-environmental change and the Anthropocene. The chapters were originally published as a special issue in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Table of Contents
The anthropocenic imaginary: political ecologies of tourism in a geological epoch
Mary Mostafanezhad and Roger Norum
1. Selling Anthropocene space: situated adventures in sustainable tourism
2. Nicaragua's Buen Vivir: a strategy for tourism development?
3. What are wilderness areas for? Tourism and political ecologies of wilderness uses and management in the Anthropocene
4. Tourism and environmental subjectivities in the Anthropocene: observations from Niru Village, Southwest China
5. Fueling ecological neglect in a manufactured tourist city: planning, disaster mapping, and environmental art in Cancun, Mexico
Matilde Cordoba Azcarate
6. Ecotourism after nature: Anthropocene tourism as a new capitalist “fix”
7. Friction in the forest: a confluence of structural and discursive political ecologies of tourism in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Annie A. Marcinek and Carter A. Hunt
8. Tourism and community resilience in the Anthropocene: accentuating temporal overtourism
Joseph M. Cheer, Claudio Milano and Marina Novelli
9. Tourists and researcher identities: critical considerations of collisions, collaborations and confluences in Svalbard
Samantha M. Saville
10. Entanglements in multispecies voluntourism: conservation and Utila’s affect economy
Keri Vacanti Brondo
Afterword: Involving Earth - Tourism matters of concern
Mary Mostafanezhad is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research examines the political ecology of tourism and socio-ecological change in the Asia-Pacific region.
Roger Norum is University Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oulu, Finland. He studies the changing roles of mobility, media and the environment, with a particular emphasis on the everyday geopolitics of territory, time and labour, particularly among transient and precarious communities in the Arctic and South Asia.