1st Edition

Intersections of Tourism, Migration, and Exile

Edited By Natalia Bloch, Kathleen M. Adams Copyright 2023
    274 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book challenges the classic – and often tacit – compartmentalization of tourism, migration, and refugee studies by exploring the intersections of these forms of spatial mobility: each prompts distinctive images and moral reactions, yet they often intertwine, overlap, and influence one another.

    Tourism, migration, and exile evoke widely varying policies, diverse popular reactions, and contrasting imagery. What are the ramifications of these siloed conceptions for people on the move? To what extent do gender, class, ethnic, and racial global inequalities shape moral discourses surrounding people’s movements? This book presents 12 predominantly ethnographic case studies from around the world, and a pandemic-focused conclusion, that address these issues. In recounting and juxtaposing stories of refugees’ and migrants’ returns, marriage migrants, voluntourists, migrant retirees, migrant tourism workers and entrepreneurs, mobile investors and professionals, and refugees pursuing educational mobility, this book cultivates more nuanced insights into intersecting forms of mobility. Ultimately, this work promises to foster not only empathy but also greater resolve for forging trails toward mobility justice.

    This accessibly written volume will be essential to scholars and students in critical migration, tourism, and refugee studies, including anthropologists, sociologists, human geographers, and researchers in political science and cultural studies. The book will also be of interest to non-academic professionals and general readers interested in contemporary mobilities.

    List Of Figures

    List Of Tables

    Foreword- Mimi Sheller


    List Of Contributors

    Problematizing Siloed Mobilities: Tourism, Migration, Exile.

    Kathleen M. Adams and Natalia Bloch

    Chapter 1. Temporality and the Intersection of Tourism and Migration: Mobilities between Cuba and Denmark.

    Nadine T. Fernandez

    Chapter 2. Migrant, Tourist, Cuban: Identification and Belonging in Return Visits to Cuba.

    Valerio Simoni

    Chapter 3. Diasporic Im/mobilities: Migrants, Returnees, Deportees, Expats, Tourists and Beyond in the Vietnamese Homeland.

    Long T. Bui

    Chapter 4. Student Migration as an Escape from Protracted Exile: The Case of Young Sahrawi Refugees.

    Rita Reis

    Chapter 5. The Intersections between Tourism and Exile: Justice Tourism in Bethlehem, Palestine.

    Rami K. Isaac

    Chapter 6. Crafting Activists from Tourists: Volunteer Engagement during the "Refugee Crisis" in Serbia.

    Robert Rydzewski

    Chapter 7. Panama’s Temporary Migrants in the Tourism Era.

    Carla Guerrón Montero

    Chapter 8. Intersections of Tourism, Cross-border Marriage, and Retirement Migration in Thailand.

    Kosita Butratana, Alexander Trupp, Karl Husa

    Chapter 9. The Tourist, the Migrant, and the Anthropologist: A Problematic Encounter within European Cities.

    Francesco Vietti

    Chapter 10. In and Out of Brazil: Overlapping Mobilities in the Capoeira Archipelago.

    Lauren Miller Griffith

    Chapter 11. Intersections of Professional Mobility and Tourism among Swedish Physicians and Researchers.

    Magnus Öhlander, Katarzyna Wolanik Boström, Helena Pettersson

    Chapter 12. Mobility through Investment: Economics, Tourism, or Lifestyle Migration? Narratives of Chinese and Brazilian Golden Visa Holders in Portugal.

    Maria de Fátima Amante, Irene Rodrigues

    Pandemic Postscript: Tourism, Migration, Exile.

    Stephanie Malia Hom


    Natalia Bloch is an Anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She specializes in the anthropology of mobility in the postcolonial context. She conducted research in Tibetan refugee settlements and among mobile workers and entrepreneurs of the informal tourism sector in India. She is the author of the book Encounters across Difference. Tourism and Overcoming Subalternity in India (2021). Her articles have appeared, among others, in Critique of Anthropology, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Refugee Studies, Critical Asian Studies, and Transfers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies.

    Kathleen M. Adams is an Anthropologist, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and Professor Emerita at Loyola University Chicago. Her specializations include the politics of tourism and heritage, museums, arts, public interest anthropology, and the nexus of tourism and homeland migrant visits in Indonesia. She has authored five books, including two award-winning volumes, Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia (2006) and The Ethnography of Tourism (2019, coedited). Her articles have appeared in various journals, such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Geographies, Museum Worlds, International Journal of Heritage Studies, and American Ethnologist.

    "At long last! We finally have a scholarly volume of work that critically and efficaciously examines the multiple crossovers between tourism, migration and exile. This remarkable collection of chapters provides an endless buffet of theoretically rich and empirically inspiring insights into diverse human mobilities and their implications for tourism. Crucial concepts, including migration, belonging, identity, existential fluidity, imaginaries, exclusion and inclusion, and many others, are skillfully interpreted through the lenses of mobilities, diasporas, migrations, refugees, and exiles. I congratulate Natalia Bloch and Kathleen Adams for putting together this consequential tome, which is global in its reach and appeal. This masterpiece belongs on the desk of every social scientist who has interests in tourism, migration, exile and all other manifestations of human mobility."

    Dallen J. Timothy, Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University

    "One of the most important developments in the study of mobilities over the last quarter century has been a growing willingness by scholars to consider the intersections between different forms of (im)mobility. Kathleen Adams and Natalia Bloch’s edited volume constitutes a major contribution to this effort. This diverse collection of ethnographic case studies demonstrates the dynamic productiveness of addressing the overlaps and interplays between tourism, migration, and exile rather than treating these mobilities as investigative siloes. It will be a significant resource in both research and teaching."

    Vered Amit, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Concordia University Montreal, Canada

    "This collection constitutes an important step towards the integration of the study of mobilities. In a series of ethnographic case studies of tourists, migrants, exiles, refugees, returnees and volunteers, the volume provides a framework for the systematic study of the great variety of personal mobility phenomena in different parts of the contemporary world. The insights of the authors and editors constitute a step forward towards the formulation of a systematic comparative approach to mobilities."

    Erik Cohen, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    "Tourist, migrant, traveler, refugee: too often we take for granted what these terms mean and to whom they should be applied. This collection’s lucid, thought-provoking chapters trenchantly challenge such simplistic categorizations, using the fine-grained lens of ethnography to reveal how mobilities overlap, intersect, and blur in lived experience—despite deep-rooted systems of governance, finance, representation, and scholarship that keep them conceptually distinct. Addressing a dazzling range of geographical settings, populations, motivations, and outcomes, this wonderfully coherent yet notably interdisciplinary volume will be a landmark work, prompting serious reflection and debate."

    Dr Naomi Leite, Reader in Anthropology, SOAS, University of London