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Peace through Tourism

Promoting Human Security Through International Citizenship, 1st Edition

Edited by Lynda-ann Blanchard, Freya Higgins-Desbiolles


276 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Peace through tourism refers to a body of analysis which suggests tourism may contribute to cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and even peace between communities and nations. What has been largely missing to date is a sustained critique of the potential and capacities of tourism to foster global peace.

This timely volume fills this void, by providing a critical look at tourism in order to ascertain its potential as a social force to promote human rights, justice and peace. It presents an alternative characterisation of the possibilities for peace through tourism: embedding an understanding of the phenomenon in a deep grounding in multi-disciplinary perspectives and envisioning tourism in the context of human rights, social justice and ecological integrity. Such an approach engages the ambivalence and dichotomy of views held on peace tourism by relying on a pedagogy of peace. It integrates a range of perspectives from scholars from many disciplinary backgrounds, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), tourism industry operators and community, all united by an interest in critical approaches to understanding peace through tourism. Additionally diverse geo-political contexts are represented in this book from the USA, India, Japan, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, the Koreas, Indonesia, East Timor and Indigenous Australia.

Written by leading academics, this groundbreaking book will provide students, researchers and academics a sustained critique of the potential and capacities of tourism to foster global peace.


'This book contributes to the research on tourism and leisure studies, but it goes significantly deeper than the usual tourist/tourism studies because of the emphasis on peace. It is refreshing to read research that engages with ways where social justice and international citizenship can be encouraged and developed, and while there is still further research to be done, this collection demonstrates that tourism can be a catalyst for peace in developing nations.'

Annona Pearse (2015): Peace through tourism: promoting human security through international citizenship, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2014.977507

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Peace Matters, Tourism Matters Lynda-ann Blanchard & Freya Higgins-Desbiolles Part One: Peace Matters To Tourism (Issues) 1. A Pedagogy of Peace: The Tourism Potential Lynda-ann Blanchard & Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 2. Peace (Tourism) as Critical Ecological Democracy Ron Nicholls 3. Can ‘a’ Culture of Peace be Exploitative? An Environmental Justice Perspective on Peace Through Tourism Kyle Powys Whyte 4. Tourism as Politics: The Case of Palestine Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 5. Tourism Concern: Putting Human Rights Principles into Practice Alison Stancliffe 6. Peace Tourism in Timor Leste: Human Security Through International Citizenship Lynda-ann Blanchard Part Two: Tourism Matters To Peace (Case Studies) 7. Mount Kumgang: A Case of Promoting Peace Through Tourism or a Meaningless Distraction? Jaime Koh 8. Of Peoples and Places: Tourism and Zones of Conflict in India EQUATIONS 9. The Floating Peace Village: An Experiment in Nonviolence Yoshioka Tatsuya 10. Awareness-Raising and Global Citizenship Through Peace Tourism: Case Studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Yoko Urbain 11. An Experiment with Tourism: Educating for Social and Ecological Justice in Australia Juliet Bennett and the Ngarrindjeri Being Heard 12. Religiosity and Volunteer Tourism In Kenya Stephen Wearing, Simone Grabowski and Veronica Sahabu 13. Aboriginal Hostels Limited: A Case of Peace Through Tourism in Australia Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 14. Peace Activism in Tourism: Two Case Studies (and a few reflections) in Jerusalem Chaim Noy 15. Touchdown Tours: The Business of Peace Tourism Jaqui Preketes Part Three: Palestine Matters (To Peace And Tourism) 16. The Struggle for Justice Through Tourism in Palestine? Rami Kassis 17. The Pilgrimages for Transformation Project: Shaping a Tourism for Peace with Justice Rami Kassis & Ranjan Solomon Epilogue: Creating A Peace Tourism Commission of IPRA Jake Lynch

About the Editors

Dr Lynda-ann Blanchard is engaged in teaching, research and advocacy with the Centre for Peace and Conflict (CPACS), University of Sydney, and the Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE), Curtin University in Australia. Her research focuses on peace studies.

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Tourism of the University of Otago and the School of Management of the University of South Australia. She co-created Australia’s first postgraduate course on peace through tourism and has researched extensively on this topic.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / General