Cannibal tours revisited: The political ecology of tourism

Robert Fletcher*

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Abstract

The negative social and environmental impacts of the global tourism industry have been widely documented, yet there is still potential for tourism to function as a force of social justice. In this article I suggest that a political ecology perspective merging Marxist and poststructuralist lines of analysis can help to highlight both the key drivers of tourism's negative impacts and ways that these can be challenged in the interest of tapping into tourism's progressive potential. From a Marxist perspective, the tourism industry can be understood as a key mechanism by means of which the capitalist system expands and reproduces itself, while from a poststructuralist perspective it can be understood as a central element of neoliberal governance. Challenging tourism's corrosive effects, therefore, requires confronting both of these dynamics in pursuit of a post-capitalist, postneoliberal politics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTurismo y crisis, turismo colaborativo y ecoturismo
Subtitle of host publicationXV Coloquio de Geografía del Turismo, el Ocio y la Recreación de la AGE
EditorsM. Blàzquez, M. Mir-Gual, I. Murray, G.X. Pons
PublisherUniversitat de les Illes Balears
Pages19-29
Number of pages11
Volume2016-January
Edition23
ISBN (Print)9788461751150
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016
EventXV Coloquio del Grupo 10 de Geografía del Turismo, Ocio y Recreación
- Palma, Spain
Duration: 4 Oct 20166 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameMonografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears
Number23
ISSN (Print)1696-5426

Conference

ConferenceXV Coloquio del Grupo 10 de Geografía del Turismo, Ocio y Recreación
CountrySpain
CityPalma
Period4/10/166/10/16

Keywords

  • Marxist perspective
  • Political ecology of tourism
  • Poststructuralist perspective

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    Fletcher, R. (2016). Cannibal tours revisited: The political ecology of tourism. In M. Blàzquez, M. Mir-Gual, I. Murray, & G. X. Pons (Eds.), Turismo y crisis, turismo colaborativo y ecoturismo : XV Coloquio de Geografía del Turismo, el Ocio y la Recreación de la AGE (23 ed., Vol. 2016-January, pp. 19-29). (Monografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears; No. 23). Universitat de les Illes Balears. http://www.age-geografia.es/downloads/Monografies_SHNB_2016_vol023.pdf#page=20