Tourism, political discourse, and post-colonialism

Burns, Peter (2008) Tourism, political discourse, and post-colonialism Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development, 5 (1). pp. 61-71. ISSN 1479-053X

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This paper provides an overview of some of the discourses to be found in the literature on tourism, politics and post-colonialism. It starts by setting a brief definitional context for development, then tourism, which is followed by visiting the vexed question of whether tourism is inevitably a cultural pollutant as well as a potential engine of growth. The substantive section, “Tourism in a post-colonial world” sets out a range of arguments that will be familiar to development academics but that might prove particularly interesting to those visiting this discourse for the first time. The general theme of this section is the political nature of tourism as expressed through the involvement of multinational corporations. The paper concludes by acknowledging tourism's economic power but questions its structural capacity to add value to any national search for economic independence.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/14790530801936502
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management
Faculty of Education and Sport
Depositing User: Mrs Mercedita Hoare
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 10:38
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 15:00

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