Tourism Encounters and Controversies: Ontological Politics of Tourism Development

G.T. Jóhannesson (Editor), C. Ren (Editor), V.R. van der Duim (Editor)

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The multiplicity of tourism encounters provide some of the best available occasions to observe the social world and its making(s). Focusing on ontological politics of tourism development, this book examines how different versions of tourism are enacted, how encounters between different versions of tourism orderings may result in controversies, but also on how these enactments and encounters are entangled in multiple ways to broader areas of development, conservation, policy and destination management. Throughout the book, encounters and controversies are investigated from a poststructuralist and relational approach as complex and emerging, seeing the roles and characteristics of related actors as co-constituted. Inspired by post-actor-network theory and related research, the studies include the social as well as the material, but also multiplicity and ontological politics when examining controversial matters or events.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages247
ISBN (Electronic)9781317009528, 9781315550732
ISBN (Print)9781472424365
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameNew Directions in Tourism Analysis


  • tourism
  • tourism development
  • tourism policy
  • politics
  • actor-network theory
  • entrepreneurship

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    Jóhannesson, G. T., Ren, C., & van der Duim, V. R. (Eds.) (2015). Tourism Encounters and Controversies: Ontological Politics of Tourism Development. (New Directions in Tourism Analysis). Taylor & Francis.