Intersections of Race and Tourism Geographies

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
Organizers: Ethan Bottone
Chairs: Ethan Bottone

Call for Submissions

The effects of tourism reach further than into the pockets of those who travel and those who run travel-related businesses. People connected to the tourism complex are also affected by psychological, emotional, social, and cultural processes that play out in both tourist sources and destinations. The global tourism industry also affects those who live in destinations (but don't actively participate in the industry itself), those who labor to produce goods utilized in the industry, and even the natural environment that is the setting for all travel and tourism. As a result of the industry's pervasiveness, scholars of travel and tourism have argued for the inclusion of humanities and other disciplines that have embraced critically-oriented theories. Investigations of the intersections of race and tourism have been particularly advocated for, given the historical legacies of racialized enslavement, segregation, and discrimination and the contemporary rise of nationalist politics that villainize racial "others."

Increasingly, scholars are exploring the multifaceted relationships between race and tourism. For example, Carolyn Finney (2014) has written about the relationship between African Americans and nature, including ecotourism, while scholars such as Philipp (1994) and Lee & Scott (2016) investigated racial motivations for visiting (or not visiting) certain tourism destinations. Research has also revealed the racialization of narratives interpreted at tourism destinations; perhaps the most discussed example of this phenomenon is found at former plantation sites that are open to the public (e.g. Carter et al. 2014). Scholars have also shown that tourism can be used to combat racism and perform a healing role for communities of color (Drew 2011; Skipper 2016). As these example pieces evidence, the intersection of race and tourism is expansive, yet geographers and others continue to call for the inclusion of race in tourism research (Alderman 2018).

This virtual paper session seeks to address Alderman's (2018) call by bringing together scholars who are actively researching the intersections of racial geographies and tourism geographies. This virtual session calls for a broad array of papers from all aspects of tourism geographies (tourism development, tourism promotion, visitor motivations, interpretation at tourism destinations, etc.) that engage with geographies of race. Papers from a variety of geographic locations are encouraged to submit, and both empirical and theoretical works are welcome as well.

Potential themes that papers could be presented on include (but are not limited to):
• Inclusion/exclusion of people of color in tourism promotional literature
• Dispossession through tourism development
• Violent politics of tourism
• Resistant/resilient forms of tourism
• Resistance to tourism development
• Interpretation of racialized landscapes at tourism destinations
• Travel patterns and behavior
• Emotional and affective aspects of travel
• Racialized souvenirs

If you would like to participate in this session(s), please email your abstract to Ethan Bottone (ebottone@nwmissouri.edu) by October 28th, as well as any questions or comments that you may have.

Thank you for your consideration, and hope to virtually see you all at AAG!

Ethan Bottone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Northwest Missouri State University

References:

Alderman, D.H. (2018). The racialized and violent biopolitics of mobility in the USA: An agenda for tourism geographies. Tourism Geographies 20 (4): 717-720.

Carter, P., Butler, D.L., & Alderman, D.H. (2014). The house that story built: The place of slavery in plantation museum narratives. The Professional Geographer 66 (4): 547-557.

Drew, E.M. (2011). Strategies for antiracist representation: Ethnic tourism guides in Chicago. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change 9 (2): 55-69.

Finney, C. (2014). Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.

Lee, K.J. & Scott, D. (2016). Bourdieu and African Americans' park visitation: The case of Cedar Hills State Park in Texas. Leisure Sciences 38 (5): 424-440.

Philipp, S.F. (1994). Race and tourism choice: A legacy of discrimination? Annals of Tourism Research 21 (3): 479-488.

Skipper, J. (2016). Community development through reconciliation tourism: The behind the Big House Program in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Community Development 47 (4): 514-529.


Description

The effects of tourism reach further than into the pockets of those who travel and those who run travel-related businesses. People connected to the tourism complex are also affected by psychological, emotional, social, and cultural processes that play out in both tourist sources and destinations. The global tourism industry also affects those who live in destinations (but don't actively participate in the industry itself), those who labor to produce goods utilized in the industry, and even the natural environment that is the setting for all travel and tourism. As a result of the industry's pervasiveness, scholars of travel and tourism have argued for the inclusion of humanities and other disciplines that have embraced critically-oriented theories. Investigations of the intersections of race and tourism have been particularly advocated for, given the historical legacies of racialized enslavement, segregation, and discrimination and the contemporary rise of nationalist politics that villainize racial "others."

Increasingly, scholars are exploring the multifaceted relationships between race and tourism. For example, Carolyn Finney (2014) has written about the relationship between African Americans and nature, including ecotourism, while scholars such as Philipp (1994) and Lee & Scott (2016) investigated racial motivations for visiting (or not visiting) certain tourism destinations. Research has also revealed the racialization of narratives interpreted at tourism destinations; perhaps the most discussed example of this phenomenon is found at former plantation sites that are open to the public (e.g. Carter et al. 2014). Scholars have also shown that tourism can be used to combat racism and perform a healing role for communities of color (Drew 2011; Skipper 2016). As these example pieces evidence, the intersection of race and tourism is expansive, yet geographers and others continue to call for the inclusion of race in tourism research (Alderman 2018).

This virtual paper session seeks to address Alderman's (2018) call by bringing together scholars who are actively researching the intersections of racial geographies and tourism geographies. This virtual session calls for a broad array of papers from all aspects of tourism geographies (tourism development, tourism promotion, visitor motivations, interpretation at tourism destinations, etc.) that engage with geographies of race. Papers from a variety of geographic locations are encouraged to submit, and both empirical and theoretical works are welcome as well.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Amy Potter*, Georgia Southern University, “A Pledge of Allegiance to the South:” Commemorating the Enslaved at Two Historic House Museums in Kansas City, Missouri 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Katherine Dudley*, California State University, Long Beach, Lauren Duffy , Clemson University, “They want to dress up everything to the tourists, but this real. This is raw”: Counter-storytelling in tourism 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Hazim Abdullah-Smith*, , Come Back to Our Bounty: Jamaica, African American Tourism and the Picturesque 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Suzanne Nimoh*, University of Texas at Austin, Racial Narratives in Leisure Landscapes: Colonial Heritage Tourism in Santo Domingo 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Soohyung Hur*, University of Washington, “Your body will remember”: Emotional traveling and transnational solidarity for the redress of geopolitical violence 12 12:00 AM
Presenter Bruce Erickson*, University of Manitoba, Racial Capitalism, Settler Colonialism and the Tourist Imagination in Northern Canada 12 12:00 AM

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