Tourism Paradoxes: Contradictions, Controversies and Challenges

Edited by: Erdinç Çakmak, Hazel Tucker, Keith Hollinshead

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At a time when COVID-19 is transforming the tourism industry, this book presents a collection of some of the many contemporary contradictions and inconsistencies apparent in tourism contexts and tourism studies. Increasingly, tourism is regarded as an agent of social and cultural change, in ways which inevitably throw up new and inescapable paradoxes. The chapters draw attention to paradoxes (such as Anglo-Western-centrism/Non-Western imperatives, continued colonisation/decolonisation, political apparatus/people's empowerment, global standards/local dynamics) and their prominence in the tourism field as well as in other disciplines. The volume offers a reconsideration of what may be needed, conceptually and methodologically, in order to equip researchers and practitioners in tourism and related social science fields to better interpret and manage the future of tourism.

This innovative, timely text is essential reading for students and researchers seeking to comprehend the controversial, complex and messy nature of tourism. The editors deserve high praise for their courage and foresight in bringing together a diverse range of knowledgeable contributors to produce this valuable, thought-provoking, and erudite volume.

Donna Chambers, University of Sunderland, UK

This important new book manages to scratch below the surface of some of the inherent complexities of tourism development. Highlighting non-western discourses, and addressing contradictions inherent in theorisations of power, colonialism and identities in tourism, the novel and stimulating examples in this powerful book provoke a re-evaluation of the intricacies and subtleties of tourism in contemporary societies.

Scott McCabe, University of Nottingham, UK

This inspiring book demonstrates the power of paradoxical thinking and how it reveals the messiness and contradictory character of the tourism phenomenon. An excellent read for anybody interested in matters of colonization, post-colonization and decolonization in tourism, the cases and analysis presented in this volume help us to shatter simplistic views and binary divisions in the understanding of tourism development.

Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

With the diverse, yet individually detailed contributions [this book] achieves the aim of not just illustrating tourism paradoxes but to provoke thinking with and through them. The well-considered overarching themes of the volume are of continuous relevance for tourism scholars, though the everchanging nature of these certainly allows for different interpretation and understanding of the book's content over time.

European Journal of Tourism Research, Vol. 30

One of the strengths of this edited book is that it moves away from binaries that are simplistic and reductionist in tourism scholarship and instead accentuates the importance of engaging with non-Western discourses in studying contemporary issues in tourism contexts as well as addressing paradoxes that are inherent in notions of colonialism, identities, and power in tourism research. In addition, the chapters of this edited book go beyond exploring what paradoxes are and instead focus on what paradoxes can do.

Tourism Geographies, 2021

Erdinç Çakmak is a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Tourism, Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. His research interests include informal economies, tourism sociology, power relations in tourism, conflict-ridden destinations.

Hazel Tucker is a Professor in the Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research interests include the advancement of critical interpretative methodologies and theory regarding tourism's influence on sociocultural identities, relationships and change.

Keith Hollinshead is a Distinguished Professor for the International Tourism Studies Association. His research interests include soft science and advanced qualitative research methods, transdisciplinary studies, public culture and cultural heritage.

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Foreword by Erik Cohen

Chapter 1. Erdinç Çakmak, Hazel Tucker and Keith Hollinshead: Introduction: Tourism Paradoxes – Contradictions, Controversies and Challenges

Chapter 2. Evi Eftychiou: The Paradox of Modernity: Power, Identity and Tourism in Rural Cyprus

Chapter 3. Emmanuelle Peyvel:  Go West! Overcoming the Paradoxes of Kinh Tourism in Vietnamese Mountains: A Postcolonial Geography

Chapter 4. Keith Kay Hin Tan and Paolo Mura: The 'Logical Paradox' of Preservation via Change: The Touristic Potential of Malaysia's Catholic Mission Schools

Chapter 5. Nan Chen, Kevin Burns and Jing Wang: Empowering Package Tour Travellers by Disempowering Tourism Operators? – Assessing the Effectiveness of the Tourism Law of China

Chapter 6. Man Tat Cheng: Cross-cultural Encounter: Sustaining Racial Prejudice or Prompting Reflection?

Chapter 7. Rose de Vrieze-McBean: Contemporary Polemics of Chinese Outbound Tourism to Europe: Paradoxes, Inconsistencies and Contradictions

Chapter 8: Vincent Platenkamp: International Tourism Academia: A Paradoxical Challenge

Chapter 9. Keith Hollinshead, Rukeya Suleman, Sisi Wang, Bipi Nair and Alfred Vellah: The Call for 'Dynamic Genesis' (after Deleuze) in Tourism Studies

Chapter 10. Erdinç Çakmak, Keith Hollinshead and Hazel Tucker: Afterword: Reflections on Paradoxes in Understanding, Culture, Mobility, and Tourism


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