The politicisation and contradictions of neo-liberal tourism

Eisenschitz, Aram (2013) The politicisation and contradictions of neo-liberal tourism. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 5 (1/2). pp. 97-112. ISSN 1750-4090

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Abstract

Neo-liberalism is often portrayed as a stable state, a set of social relationships designed to oppress labour and redistribute income and power to capital. In this paper it is, however, argued that it is a contradictory class settlement that has implications for tourism. Tourism is a product of and a means of constructing the neo-liberal class settlement. Yet despite the synergy between tourism and neo-liberal politics, tourism brings up issues that weaken that politics. The paper focuses on four aspects of tourism – consumerism, democracy, the work ethos and urban class politics – arguing that the relationship between this politics and tourism is contradictory in each of these areas. The result is the increasing politicisation of tourism and that is likely to weaken both neo-liberalism and tourism itself.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Capitalism; cities; consumerism; contradictory class settlement; contradictions; democracy; politicisation; neo-liberal tourism; neo-liberal politics; neo-liberalism; work ethos; urban class politics
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 10606
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Depositing User: Aram Eisenschitz
Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 08:37
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10606

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