1st Edition

Socialising Tourism Rethinking Tourism for Social and Ecological Justice

    294 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Once touted as the world’s largest industry and also a tool for fostering peace and global understanding, tourism has certainly been a major force shaping our world. The recent COVID-19 crisis has led to calls to transform tourism and reset it along more ethical and sustainable lines. It was in this context that calls to "socialise tourism" emerged (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020). This edited volume builds on this work by employing the term Socialising Tourism as a broad conceptual focal point and guiding term for industry, activists and academics to rethink tourism for social and ecological justice.

    Socialising Tourism means reorienting travel and tourism based on the rights, interests, and safeguarding of traditional ecological and cultural knowledges of local peoples, communities and living landscapes. This means making tourism work for the public good and taking seriously the idea of putting the social and ecological before profit and growth as the world re-emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an essential first step for tourism to be made accountable to the limits of the planet. Concepts discussed include Indigenous culture, toxic tourism, a "theory of care", dismantling whiteness, decolonial tourism and animal oppression, among others, all in the context of a post-COVID-19 world.

    This will be essential reading for all upper-level students, academics and policymakers in the field of tourism. The Introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003164616


    Foreword by Deborah McLaren: When will change come?

    Introduction: Socialising Tourism: Reimagining tourism’s purpose

    Freya Higgins-Desboilles, Adam Doering and Bobbie Chew Bigby


    Socialising tourism as rethinking social relations

    1. ‘Wominjeka’ / ‘Haere Mai’: The role of Indigenous ceremony in socialising tourism
    2. Andrew Peters and Simon Lambert

    3. Toxic Tourism at Tar Creek: The potential for environmental justice and tribal sovereignty through Indigenous-led tourism
    4. Bobbie Chew Bigby and Rebecca Jim

    5. A theory of care to socialise tourism
    6. Sandro Carnicelli and Karla Boluk

    7. Local participation as tourists: Understanding the constraints to community involvement in Tanzanian tourism
    8. Kokel Melubo and Adam Doering



      Socialising tourism as rethinking ideology

    9. Tourism, Covid-19 and crisis: The case for a radical turn
    10. Raoul V. Bianchi

    11. The Dylann Roof Road Trip: A report on the banality of evil
    12. Rasul A. Mowatt

    13. Dismantling the Ivory Tower: A narrative ethnography between two critical scholars
    14. Alana Dillette and SteFanie Benjamin

    15. DeTouring the Empire: Unsettling sites and sights of U.S. militarism and settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi
    16. Kyle Kajihiro



      Socialising tourism to build better collective futures

    17. Public Tourism: New forms of tourism after the Great East Japan Earthquake
    18. Shinji Yamashita

    19. In search of light: Ecohumanities, tourism and Fukushima’s post-disaster resurgence
    20. Adam Doering and Kumi Kato

    21. Socialising animal-based tourism
    22. Carol Kline

    23. Buen Vivir: A guide for socialising the tourism commons in a post-COVID-19 era
    24. Natasha Chassagne and Phoebe Everingham

    25. Socialisation at scale: Post-capitalist tourism in a post-COVID-19 world

    Robert Fletcher, Asunción Blanco-Romero, Macià Blázquez-Salom, Ernest Cañada, Ivan Murray Mas and Filka Sekulova

    Conclusion: Socialising tourism as an avenue for critical thought and justice: Ways forward

    Adam Doering, Bobbie Chew Bigby and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles


    Freya Higgins-Desbiolles is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, UniSA Business, University of South Australia and adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has worked with communities, non-governmental organisations and businesses that seek to harness tourism for sustainable and equitable futures. She is one of the Founding members of the Tourism Alert and Action Forum. She has won awards for engaged research, media engagement and research and teaching excellence.

    Adam Doering is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Tourism at Wakayama University, Japan. He is a Steering Committee Member of the Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific (CTS-AP) research network and has published broadly on the philosophy and ethics in tourism and travel, lifestyle sports and tourism in East Asia and critical analyses of Destination Management Organisations policies in the context of Japan. His current research examines lifestyle sports and tourism development in polluted, post-disaster and pandemic impacted coastal ecologies in rural Japan.

    Bobbie Chew Bigby (Cherokee Nation) is a PhD student at the Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia. Bobbie’s research looks at the possibilities of tourism as a tool for Indigenous cultural, language and environmental justice. Her past research fellowships, including a Fulbright award and Rotary Peace Fellowship, have taken her to Indigenous Australia, China, India, Cambodia and Burma for research and community-based work. For her PhD research, Bobbie rotates her time between Broome, Western Australia and her own Tribal Nation in Oklahoma, USA.

    "Socialising Tourism…" is a most timely and apt volume for addressing the global troubles caused by tourism. The initial chapters examining Indigenous hospitality and earth stewardship set an appropriate platform for some of the following chapters in which social and ecological well-being are paramount concerns. The book is forthright in challenging the tourism industry for the many stresses it places on world communities and the natural environment.

    Ben Sherman, MSc, Chairman, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) www.winta.org

    This book on social and ecological justice through tourism is extremely timely and relevant in a world that is grappling with how to re-imagine and re-position tourism as we emerge from a global pandemic. The editors have done a stellar job of compiling chapters containing critical, innovative and somewhat radical ideas that could help us to achieve a more balanced approach in future.

    Regina Scheyvens, Massey University, New Zealand

    Socialising Tourism demonstrates both the desperate need for change in contemporary tourism and the development of a coherent response. Grounded in principles of social, ecological and economic justice, this international collection provides valuable insights from a range of different places and experiences as to how tourism may better contribute to communities, destinations and the planet as a whole. This volume will be warmly welcomed.

    C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    This accessible, provocative text critically explores ‘socialising tourism’ which rejects as unsustainable the colonial, imperialist, market-driven forces that still shape tourism. The authors, unashamedly political, urge reflection on what tourism is for and who it serves, while presenting radical possibilities for socially, ecologically just tourism futures. This text will undoubtedly become essential reading, stimulating vigorous debates amongst students and researchers.

    Donna Chambers, Professor of Tourism, University of Sunderland, UK