|Title||Cannibal tours revisited: The political ecology of tourism|
|Source||In: Turismo y crisis, turismo colaborativo y ecoturismo. - Universitat de les Illes Balears (Monografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears 23) - ISBN 9788461751150 - p. 19 - 29.|
|Event||XV Coloquio del Grupo 10 de Geografía del Turismo, Ocio y Recreación<br/>, Palma, 2016-10-04/2016-10-06|
Sociology of Development and Change
|Publication type||Peer reviewed book chapter|
|Keyword(s)||Marxist perspective - Political ecology of tourism - Poststructuralist perspective|
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.