Authors: Amelia Moore
Addresses: Department of Anthropology, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, University of Miami, USA
Abstract: As one of the largest industries in the world, tourism is subject to constant reinvention. Anthropological engagements with tourism reflect this multiplicity through an attention to the dynamics of culture and power within the tourism industry at both global and local levels. As tourism scholars we must be on the lookout for trends in travel and destination dynamics, and we must craft conceptual tools to analyse emergent trends. In this article, I outline a broad theme in travel design and branding - sustainable tourism - and I relate this theme to an emergent framing for global change - the Anthropocene. This concept has moved from the realm of the natural sciences, beginning to gain traction within the humanities and social sciences. In light of the spread of this idea, I utilise concepts from critical studies of nature and design to point towards possible new research areas for scholars of tourism.
Keywords: anthropocene; sustainable tourism; interspecies ethnography; socioecologics; global assemblages; nature cultural design; tourist products; tourist markets; ecotourism; emergent trends; travel design; travel branding.
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2015 Vol.4 No.2, pp.186 - 200
Received: 03 Feb 2014
Accepted: 21 Jul 2014
Published online: 26 Jun 2015 *