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Tourism and Leisure Mobilities
Politics, work, and play

ISBN 9780367668211
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

This book reframes tourism, as well as leisure, within mobilities studies to challenge the limitations that dichotomous understandings of home/away, work/leisure, and host/guest bring. A mobilities approach to tourism and leisure encourages us to think beyond the mobilities of tourists to ways in which tourism and leisure experiences bring other mobilities into sync, or disorder, and as a result re-conceptualizes social theory. The proposed anthology stretches across academic disciplines and fields of study to illustrate the advantages of multi-disciplinary conversation and, in so doing, it challenges how we approach studies of movement-based phenomena and the concept of scale. Part One examines the ways in which mobility informs and is informed by leisure, from everyday practices to leisure-inspired mobile lifestyles. Part Two investigates individuals and communities that become entrepreneurial in the face of changing tourism contexts and reflects on the performance of work through multiple mobilities. Part Three turns to issues of development, with attention to the cultural politics that frame development encounters in the context of tourism. The varied ways that people move into and out of development projects is mediated by geopolitical discourses hat can both challenge and perpetuate geographic imaginations of tourism destinations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: ‘New’ tourism and leisure mobilities – what’s new?

Part I: Leisure

2. Meanders as mobile practices: Street Flowers – Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land

3. Entrainment: Human-equine leisure mobilities

4. Leisure, bicycle mobilities, and cities

5. Gendered automobilities: Female Pakistani migrants driving in Saudi Arabia

6. What is a ‘dirtbag’? Reconsidering tourist typologies and leisure mobilities through rock climbing subcultures

Part II: Work

7. Exploring tourism employment in the Perhentian Islands: Mobilities of home and away

8. The ‘Nextpat’: Towards an understanding of contemporary expatriate subjectivities

9. Should I stay or should I go? Labour and lifestyle mobilities of Bulgarian migrants to the UK

10. Workers on the move: Global labour sourcing in the cruise industry

11. Confronting economic precariousness through international retirement: Japan’s old-age ‘economic refugees’ and Germany’s ‘exported grannies’

12. Home exchanging: A shift in the tourism marketplace

Part III: Development

13. Travelling beauty: Diasporic development and transient service encounters at the salon

14. Orphanage Tourism and Development in Cambodia: A Mobilities Approach

15. Mobility for all through English-language voluntourism

16. When pesos come at the expense of tourism proximity and moorings

17. Making tracks in pursuit of the wild: Mobilising nature and tourism on a (com)modified African Savannah

18. Decolonising tourism mobilities? Planning research within a First Nations community in Northern Canada


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Jillian Rickly is Assistant Professor of Tourism Marketing and Management in the Nottingham University Business School at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, and a research affiliate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mary Mostafanezhad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.