1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism

Edited By Dallen J. Timothy, Alon Gelbman Copyright 2023
    444 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Borders and Tourism examines the multiple and diverse relationships between global tourism and political boundaries. With contributions from international, leading thinkers, this book offers theoretical frameworks for understanding borders and tourism and empirical examples from borderlands throughout the world.

    This handbook provides comprehensive overview of historical and contemporary thinking about evolving national frontiers and tourism. Tourism, by definition, entails people crossing borders of various scales and is manifested in a wide range of conceptualizations of human mobility. Borders significantly influence tourism and determine how the industry grows, is managed, and manifests on the ground. Simultaneously, tourism strongly affects borders, border laws, border policies, and international relations. This book highlights the traditional relationships between borders and tourism, including borders as attractions, barriers, transit spaces, and determiners of tourism landscapes. It offers deeper insights into current thinking about space and place, mobilities, globalization, citizenship, conflict and peace, trans-frontier cooperation, geopolitics, "otherness" and here versus there, the heritagization of borders and memory-making, biodiversity, and bordering, debordering, and rebordering processes.

    Offering an unparalleled interdisciplinary glimpse at political boundaries and tourism, this handbook will be an essential resource for all students and researchers of tourism, geopolitics and border studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, history, international relations, and global studies.

    Chapter 1 Understanding Borders and Tourism: Complex Relationships and Evolving Patterns

    Dallen J. Timothy and Alon Gelbman

    Part 1: Past and present perspectives on borders, tourism and mobility

    Chapter 2 Travellers’ Tales: How Human Stories Portray ‘Elsewhere’

    Noel Parker

    Chapter 3 Borderlands and Commensality

    Thomas M. Wilson

    Chapter 4 New Borders and Mobility in the Age of Globalization: De-bordering, Re-bordering and Beyond

    Anssi Paasi and Md Azmeary Ferdoush

    Chapter 5 Aurea Mediocritas: Cross-border Cooperation between Materiality and Relationality

    Sylwia Dołzbłasz and Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska

    Chapter 6 Tourism, Citizenship and Border Governance: Past Dynamics and New Reconfigurations

    Raoul V. Bianchi and Marcus L. Stephenson

    Chapter 7 How Space, Borders and Boundaries Shape Biodiversity Values

    Martin Dallimer and Niels Strange


    Part 2: Borders, Barriers, Access and (Im)mobilities

    Chapter 8 Migration and Borders

    Sascha Krannich

    Chapter 9 Physical Access and Perceived Constraints: Borders as Barriers to Travel Mobilities and Tourism Development

    Olga Hannonen and Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola

    Chapter 10 Enclave Tourism: Bounded Spaces and Social Exclusion

    Adam Weaver

    Chapter 11 Globalization, Mobility and Border Restrictions: Tourism Perspectives

    Aharon Kellerman

    Chapter 12 Military Occupations and Tourism

    Jack Shepherd and Daniel Laven

    Chapter 13 Cultural Boundaries and Ethnic Representation in Cross-border Tourism Destinations

    Min (Lucy) Zhang and Jaume Guia

    Part 3: The Anomalous Border Landscape: Tourism Values and Assets

    Chapter 14 Borderlines: Linear Tourist Attractions in Liminal Space

    Marek Więckowski

    Chapter 15 Borders of Conflict as Tourist Attractions

    Alon Gelbman

    Chapter 16 Borders as Dark Tourism Spaces

    Richard Sharpley

    Chapter 17 Borders, heritage and memory

    Dallen J. Timothy and Marek Więckowski

    Chapter 18 Tour Guiding in Contested Geopolitical Borderlands: Narratives and Approaches

    Alon Gelbman and Rachel Schweitzer

    Chapter 19 Tourists’ Performances at Border Landmarks in the Era of Social Media

    Alix Varnajot

    Part 4: The Competitive Advantage of the Border

    Chapter 20 Outshopping Abroad: Cross-border Shopping Tourism and the Competitive Advantage of Borders

    Teemu Makkonen

    Chapter 21 Borders and Healthcare: Medical Mobility, Globalization and Borderlands Tourism

    Tomás Cuevas Contreras and Isabel Zizaldra Hernández

    Chapter 22 Crossing Borders and Border Crossings: Sex, Tourism and Travelling in the Sensual Spaces of Borderlands

    C. Michael Hall and Kimberley J. Wood

    Chapter 23 Transboundary Second-home Tourism

    Olga Hannonen

    Chapter 24 Merchants, Smugglers and Wanglers: Non-conventional Tourism and Trade across Political borders

    Gábor Michalkó, Mihály Tömöri and Noémi Ilyés


    Part 5: Contemporary Change: Transfrontier Cooperation and Collaboration

    Chapter 25 Planning and Managing Tourism in Transborder Areas

    Arie Stoffelen

    Chapter 26 Cross-border Tourism Initiatives in the European Union

    Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola

    Chapter 27 Tourism in Protected Areas and Transboundary Parks for Peace

    Alon Gelbman and Rachel Schweitzer

    Chapter 28 Transfrontier Routes and Trails: Cooperation and Scalar Considerations

    Arie Stoffelen

    Chapter 29 Tourism Cluster Management in Cross-Border Destinations: Blind Spots and Invisible Lines

    Jaume Guia, Dani Blasco and Natàlia Ferrer-Roca

    Chapter 30 Tourism and Political Borders: Past-present Dynamics and the Age of Globalization

    Dallen J. Timothy and Alon Gelbman


    Dallen J. Timothy is Professor of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Anne Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He is also 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 programme 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 24 international journals. He is commissioning or co-commissioning editor for four book series with Routledge and other publishers. He has ongoing research projects in North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on topics related to borders and tourism, religious tourism, heritage, and community empowerment.

    Alon Gelbman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel. He is a cultural geographer and his research interests include international tourism and geopolitical borders, tourism and peace, urban/rural tourism, and host–guest relationships. His research papers have been published in leading academic journals, and he has conducted empirical field studies, developed theories, presented frequently at international conferences, taught, and received invitations regularly to speak at conferences and seminars abroad. A major thrust of his research in the tourism area is developing a theoretical foundation for tourism–geopolitical border relations between countries around the world and developing global models and theories about it, with significant connections to the topic of tourism and peace.