1st Edition

Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa

Edited By Dallen J. Timothy Copyright 2023
    342 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa examines the multiple and diverse manifestations of cultural heritage-based tourism in Africa from a regional, social science, and sustainability perspective.

    This book delivers a comprehensive treatise on the interdependent concepts of cultural heritage and tourism. Heritage is one of the most pervasive tourism assets worldwide and lies at the foundations of tourism in many localities, including Africa. However, despite its salience, there has not been a systematic examination of Africa’s heritage resources, markets, policies, practices, successes, and challenges in a tourism framework, despite the continent’s immense heritage value. This book reviews the different types of heritages that pervade the cultural environment of Africa and comprises its vast heritagescapes. It also examines the increasing potential for the growth of heritage tourism throughout the entire continent. The contributions in this volume delve into current thinking about space and place and their effects on heritage, mobilities, globalization, colonialism and indigeneity, conflict, identity and nation-building, connections with other regions through migration and the slave trade, and a greater emphasis on the ordinary heritage of Africa, which has long been ignored by tourism scholars and industry representatives. The chapters herein are authored by Africa specialists, most being from Africa, offering a truly African perspective. The chapters are conceptually rigorous and empirically rich with examples from all regions of the African continent.

    This unparalleled interdisciplinary glimpse at cultural heritage and tourism in Africa delivers strong value and is a vital resource for all students and researchers of tourism, cultural studies, heritage studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, history, and global studies.

    Chapter 1: Africa’s Heritage and Tourism

    Dallen J. Timothy

    Chapter 2: Intangible Heritage as a Cultural Asset for African Tourism

    Moren Tibabo Stone, Lesego Senyana Stone, Goemeone Mogomotsi, and Patricia Mogomotsi

    Chapter 3: Indigenous Tourism in Africa

    Kokel Melubo

    Chapter 4: Cultural Events and Tourism in Africa

    Ikechukwu O. Ezeuduji

    Chapter 5: Religious Heritage, Tourism and Pilgrimage in Africa: Historical, Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives

    Ermias Kifle Gedecho and Siyabulela Nyikana

    Chapter 6: The Spatial Mismatch between Cities and Heritage Tourism Sites in Africa

    Gustav Visser

    Chapter 7: Rural Heritage and Tourism in Africa

    Joseph E. Mbaiwa and Gladys B. Siphambe

    Chapter 8: Growing Agri-heritage Tourism in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

    Brent Lovelock, Gebeyaw Degarege and David Adeloye

    Chapter 9: Culinary Traditions and Heritage Foods in Africa

    Roselyne N. Okech and Dallen J. Timothy

    Chapter 10: The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Africa’s Epitomous Heritage Tourism

    Aaron Yankholmes

    Chapter 11: African Diaspora Tourism: Concepts, Issues and Prospects beyond Slavery-oriented Heritage

    Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong and Ishmael Mensah

    Chapter 12: Industrial Heritage Tourism in Africa: Prospects and Challenges

    Clinton D. van der Merwe and Dallen J. Timothy

    Chapter 13: Dark Tourism and ‘Painful Pasts’ in Africa: Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges

    Philip R. Stone

    Chapter 14: Colonialism, Post-colonialism and Its Heritage Imprint

    João Sarmento

    Chapter 15: African Archaeology and Tourism

    Liza Gijanto

    Chapter 16: Natural Heritage: Wildlife and Nature Preserves in the African Tourism Landscape

    Chiedza Ngonidzashe Mutanga and Edson Gandiwa

    Chapter 17: Climate Change, Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Africa: Critical Issues and Changes

    Jarkko Saarinen and Naomi Moswete

    Chapter 18: Heritage Tourism in Africa: Where Do We Go from Here?

    Dallen J. Timothy


    Dallen J. Timothy is Professor of Community Resources and Development, and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, Arizona, USA. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Visiting Professor at Hunan Normal University, Guangxi University, and Luoyang Normal University, China; and Guest Professor in the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Tourism Management program based at the University of Girona, Spain. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism and currently serves on the editorial boards of 25 international journals. He is commissioning or co-commissioning editor over four book series with Routledge and Channel View Publications, and has ongoing research projects in Africa, North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East on topics related to heritage, international borders and tourism, religious tourism, and community empowerment.