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International Journal of Tourism Anthropology

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA)

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International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (10 papers in press)

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  • Local residents perception of the impacts of mountain adventure tourism: The Case of Si-gunaing mountain range, Tibet   Order a copy of this article
    by P.U. Pian, LING Xiao Pan, L.I.U. Yong 
    Abstract: The development of mountain adventure tourism had multiple impacts on the communities social culture, but related studies are rare. Mount Si guniang, located in Heng Duan mountain area of China, has becoming an important destination for mountain adventures in the past 40 years. Based on the interview and authors 30years of observational experience, this paper shows that the mountain adventure tourism has complicated impacts on the local society and culture, those are the residents next generation receives a better education and some traditional revitalization. And also the social climate becomes better, individual has better change. Still, the language and some traditional dance are losing more quickly. The biggest finding is that many social problems did not happen because the traditional religion and norm still remains. Residents practice their traditional religion in the mountain adventure tourism service. In a comparison with the regular tourism, mountain adventure tourism brings more benefit to local residents since the main jobs are taken by local people.
    Keywords: Mountain Adventure Tourism; Si guniang; Tibetan town; Residents’ perception.

  • Evolutionary Approach to Tourist Motives   Order a copy of this article
    by Ilker Gül 
    Abstract: The objective of this study is to determine the source of tourism motives and how it persists. Why do tens of millions of people spend their savings to travel somewhere they have never been before? Many tourism researchers think the answer lies in touristic motivations. Tourism is a human behaviour. Psychology and the evolutionary sciences are looking for reasons for this human behaviour with the support of history and anthropology. This article examines evolutionary motives and tourism motives to understand their possible relationship. In addition, a framework is presented in order to state the ultimate reason for tourismand the role of tourist motives and behaviourthat seems to be a tool for the evolutionary process.
    Keywords: Evolution; tourism motives; tourism behaviour; touristic motives; evolutionary tourism.

  • Tourism As A Context For Depression Prevention Among The Elderly Population In Kolkata   Order a copy of this article
    by Somdatta Mukherjee 
    Abstract: The focus of this paper is on how tourism can play an important role in the depression prevention among the aged population in Kolkata (especially from the age of 65 to 75). It has been explained that how a particular aged group in Kolkata is facing problems of aging and how it is becoming a threat to our society. It has been found out that depression is one of the major issues among that particular aged group. It has also been maneuvered that how leisure can be a context of this depression prevention and tourism (especially domestic tourism) can play an important mitigating role in this concomitant risk that is all pervading in our present-day society. The problems of depression among that age group have been discussed and the write-up ends with a probable solution of this depression. The solution lied in the context of leisure in general and tourism, in particular. How tourism can be a probable solution of this ongoing depression has been discussed with the help of a mixed method (description of the qualitative part with the help of various univariate and bivariate data analysis on the quantitative part with Chi-squared testing).
    Keywords: Aging; Depression; Leisure; Tourism.

Special Issue on: Anthropological Insights on Rural Tourism Strengthening the Debate Between Rural and Tourism Studies

  • From the Coast to the Highlands: Tourism as a field for neo-extractivism in the rural Andes   Order a copy of this article
    by Vanessa León-León, María Luisa Rendon 
    Abstract: Latin American development politics include manifold interventions in rural areas, among them extractivist industry. Paradoxically, scholars have adopted the term neo-extractivism to critic left-led governments justification of natural resource use to provide welfare to the population. This research embraces neo-extractivism to understand socio-environmental changes introduced through tourism initiatives in Ecuadorian rural landscapes. While the case in the Pacific coast of Santa Elena relates the promotion of small-scale tourism in rural areas to enclave economies, the case in Ecuadorian highlands incorporating the Qhapaq
    Keywords: Anthropology of tourism; development; community based-tourism; neo-extractivism; political economy; Andes.

  • Food and wine tourism in rural areas: a critical theoretical reflection from the anthropology of food perspectives   Order a copy of this article
    by Daniel De Jesús, F. Xavier Medina 
    Abstract: The development of tourism in rural areas through agri-tourism, wine tourism or community-based tourism is mainly based on the conversion of heritage attributes and territorial specificities into commodities available for consumption in the tourism sector. This process means a continuous process of outsourcing of rural economies and territories. From the analysis and reflection of three cases of food and wine tourism located in Hungary (Tokaj-Hegyalja), Spain (Pened
    Keywords: food; tourism; local; rural; anthropology of food; socioeconomic changesrnrn.

  • Mountain Tourism and Agriculture at the Crossroads: The Case of Cerdanya and Val dAran (Catalan Pyrenees)   Order a copy of this article
    by María Offenhenden, Montserrat Soronellas-Masdeu 
    Abstract: Mountain regions are undergoing rapid changes closely intertwined with economic globalisation and resulting in unexpected alterations to production models, land-use and lifestyles. In the Catalan Pyrenees, Val dAran and Cerdanya were the first valleys to become tourist destinations for mountain sports, particularly the ski industry. Engagement in a post-industrial economy based on leisure and tourism has led to new ways of inhabiting these mountain areas, changing local socio-economic dynamics and structures, and unevenly transforming traditional local agriculture. Based on an ethnographic study in these valleys, in this article we analyse the historical coexistence of various economic activities and closely examine three case studies to consider the ways in which limited agro-livestock activities currently coexist with white tourism.
    Keywords: Mountain areas; Spanish Pyrenees; Val d’Aran; Cerdanya; agriculture; tourism; ski industry; rural development; new ruralities; natural and cultural heritagisation; de-agriculturalisation; rural urbanisation.

  • The Potato Superstar: food sovereignty and rural tourism in the Potato Park (Cusco, Peru)   Order a copy of this article
    by Terry Cristian 
    Abstract: This paper examines how rural tourism can contribute to food sovereignty from an empirical investigation of agro-ecotourism in the Potato Park, a union of five Andean communities in Cusco (Peru). This paper argues that native potatoes are high-performing superstars of both rural tourism and food sovereignty, and work in synergy with each other: agro-ecotourism promotes local potatoes, in their varying shapes, colours and sizes, as the main tourist attraction; and local agriculture predominantly potatoes ensure that these communities can eat sustainably, as agricultural production enables a switch from selling to personal and family consumption. Agro-ecotourism provides an alternative income for local people, crucial to support food sovereignty. Furthermore, agro-ecotourism is compatible with current local practices and easily incorporated. This paper seeks to enrich discussions on the largely under researched agro-ecotourism and food sovereignty debate, its links to the market, as well as to create bridges between peasant and tourism studies.
    Keywords: food sovereignty; rural tourism; market; potatoes; Cusco (Peru).

  • New Rurality and Agritourism in Empord   Order a copy of this article
    by Sabrina Doyon, Eliseu Carbonell 
    Abstract: In the Empord
    Keywords: Rural tourism; wine tourism; new rurality; moral economy; heritage; Costa Brava; Empordà; Catalonia.

  • Bridging the Troubled Waters of Tourism Studies: From Social Capital and Rural Community Development to Livelihood Sovereignty   Order a copy of this article
    by Ryan Naylor, Carter Hunt, Karl Zimmerer 
    Abstract: Through critical concept-building and ethnographic research, we examine how livelihood sovereignty is influenced by tourism development in rural coastal Alaska. Various scales of cruise tourism in this region provide an opportunity to explore theoretical ideas regarding how residents mobilize social capital to secure livelihood sovereignty during dynamic economic transition, climate instability, and socio-cultural change. Our rich ethnographic descriptions outline the unique contributions of bonding, bridging, and linking forms of social capital to this process. By favoring small-scale niche cruises, the study community was better poised to protect cherished identity, integrate tourism sustainably into existing livelihoods, and ensure greater community well-being than is occurring with the large cruise tourism development characterizing neighboring communities. This empirical introduction of the emerging concept of livelihood sovereignty to the tourism studies literature provides important theoretical, methodological, and practical contributions that will be relevant to scholars of tourism and of the Arctic region more broadly.
    Keywords: social capital; cruise tourism; micro-cruises; rural studies; sustainable development; ethnography; Alaska.

  • Fire and smoke: savouring ethnographic encounters with sustainability in Cyprus rural tourism spaces   Order a copy of this article
    by Pauline Georgiou 
    Abstract: Cyprus, a Mediterranean island and a popular sun-and-sea destination for over half a century, has, in recent years, been desperate to diversify its tourist product and attract quality tourism. The requirements of unsustainable seasonal and party tourism have exploited the natural resources of the island and have left rural areas under economic and cultural ruin. Actions backed by EU funding have seen Agrotourism emerge as a development opportunity for year-round rural tourism for international audiences. This paper uses ethnographic evidence collected over the course of a year, and analysed through anthropological theory on tourism, to interrogate claims of rural authenticity and sustainability that emerge within Agrotourist spaces. With a focus on fire, it understands Agrotourism as an occasion for negotiation between sets of dichotomies such as tradition and modernity, past and present. Agrotourist spaces hence become battlefields where rural heritage narratives fight for legitimization.
    Keywords: Anthropology; Ethnography; Agrotourism; Sustainability; Rural tourism; Heritage; Cyprus; Food; Identity; Tourism; Sustainable tourism.