Title: The COVID-19 and the figure of the undesired guest: the right to travel in scrutiny

Authors: Maximiliano E. Korstanje

Addresses: Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: The nation's state and mobilities were inevitably entwined. British Sociologist John Urry coined the term tourist-gaze to describe the phenomenological world of tourists and travellers who are moved to meet unique and outstanding experiences. Although tourists are in quest of something new, what they gaze is previously shaped in a cultural matrix which punctuates what things can be gazed or avoided. The COVID-19 outbreak as well as the global pandemic altered not only the geopolitical relations but also the geographical borders. Governments adopted different travel bans and restrictions that affected negatively the tourism industry. The present essay-review centres efforts in understanding the substantial changes of travel behaviour in a new feudalised world. The term tourist-gaze, having said this, should be re-labelled as the wicked-gaze.

Keywords: right of traveling; hospitality; terrorism; otherness; COVID-19.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2021.117970

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2021 Vol.8 No.4, pp.336 - 349

Received: 03 Feb 2021
Accepted: 21 Feb 2021

Published online: 05 Oct 2021 *

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