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1st Edition

Tourism, Power and Space

ISBN 9780415513968
Published December 7, 2011 by Routledge
312 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first volume to explicitly consider how leisure and tourism acts as a major focus by which power may be understood in a geographical context.

Key thinking and major approaches to unravelling the complexities of power are outlined in this collection and their relevance to current and future tourism studies is discussed. Tourism, Power and Space blends theoretical perspectives from leading power theorists such as: Parsons, Foucault and Clegg.

Exploring the intricacies of the relationships between power, tourism and leisure, this stimulating volume combines theoretical and empirical writings to illustrate the extent to which power, in its various forms and guises and at various scales of operation, impacts on the unfolding structures, practices and organization of tourism and leisure on both the demand and supply sides.

Divided into three sections: Power, Performance And Practice, Power, Property And Resources and Power, Governance And Empowerment; this text will be a useful resource for students and academics alike.

Table of Contents

1. Tourism, Politics and the Forgotten Entanglements of Power  Section 1: Power, Performance and Practice  2. The Power of the Tourist Encounter  3. Adventure Tourism: Will to Power?  4. Disability Legislation and the Empowerment of Disabled Tourists in the United Kingdom  5. Tourism, Nation and Power: A Foucauldian Perspective of ‘Australia’s’ Ghan Train  Section 2: Power, Property and Resources  6. The Politics of Bed Units: Growth Control in the Resort of Whistler, British Columbia  7. Pedestrian Shopping Streets and Urban Tourism in the Restructuring of the Chinese City  8. Power, Resource Mobilisation and Leisure Conflict on Inland Rivers in England  Section 3: Power, Governance and Empowerment  9. Empowerment and Stakeholder Participation in Tourism Destination Communities  10. Prosecuting Power: Tourism, Inter-Cultural Communications and the Tactics of Empowerment  11. Tourism, Governance and the (Mis-)Location of Power  12. Tourism and the Many Faces of Power

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Andrew Church is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Brighton.

Tim Coles is University Business Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Management in the School of Business and Economics at the University of Exeter.