Sustainable tourism cannot be harmonised

Tolkach, Denis (2021) Sustainable tourism cannot be harmonised. Annals of Tourism Research, 86. 103101.

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The international tourism research body overwhelmingly relies on Anglo-Western concepts. Although, the contribution of non-Anglo-Western scholars and concepts has increased dramatically in recent years, further progress is needed in adopting concepts from cultures other than Anglo-Western to alleviate the dominance of Western paradigms in the field. Thus, Weaver et al. (2020) present a timely and valuable experiment in the synthesis of ideas from East and West in an attempt to endogenise sustainable tourism. The study injects certain Chinese cultural norms and expectations into Weaver's (2014) concept of “enlightened mass tourism”. Weaver et al. (2020) might merely aim at using China as a context for a proof-of-concept, however the framing of the paper around overcoming Western dominance suggests the power relations within the concept and the context proposed should be also addressed. Arguably, the paper does not confront the dominant modes of tourism production and consumption, nor the dominant narratives in the context of China. Thus, Weaver et al. (2020) merits a commentary that critiques hegemonies within the proposed concept of enlightened mass tourism and within the context of China, including cultural values and the Xi Jinping thought.

Item ID: 65233
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1873-7722
Keywords: Sustainable tourism, Cultural values, Politics, China, Enlightened mass tourism
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 01:15
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 70%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems @ 30%
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