Tourism and Geopolitics

Issues and Concepts from Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by Derek Hall
March 2017
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  • Published
    1st March 2017
  • ISBN 9781780647616
  • Language English
  • Pages 408 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
  • Images figures, maps & color photos

With 29 contributors from across Europe and beyond, Tourism and Geopolitics represents a unique resource that examines the relationships between tourism and geopolitics, focusing on experiences drawn from Central and Eastern Europe. It begins by assessing the changing nature of 'geopolitics,' from pejorative associations with Nazism to the more recent critical and feminist geopolitics of social science's 'cultural turn.' The book then addresses the important historical role of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in geopolitical thinking before exemplifying a range of contemporary interactions between tourism and geopolitics within this critical region.

Edited by a renowned authority on tourism geopolitics, this book:
· Provides the most comprehensive overview of tourism and geopolitics available
· Applies a range of geopolitical concepts and approaches to empirical experiences of tourism and mobility in Central and Eastern Europe
· Embraces contributions from both established and new academic voices.

Pursuing innovative analytical paths, the book demonstrates the interrelated nature of tourism and geopolitics and emphasizes the freshness of this research area. Addressing key principles and ideas which are applicable globally, it is an essential source for researchers, teachers, and students of tourism, geography, political science, and European studies as well as for diplomatic, business, and consultant practitioners.

Part I: Introduction and Overviews
1: Bringing geopolitics to tourism
2: Tourism and geopolitics: the political imaginary of territory, tourism and space
3: Tourism in the geopolitical construction of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Part II: Reconfiguring Conceptions and Reality
4: The Adriatic as a (re-)emerging cultural space
5: Crimea: geopolitics and tourism
6: The geopolitical trial of tourism in modern Ukraine
7: Under pressure: the impact of Russian tourism investment in Montenegro

Part III: Tourism and Transnationalism
8: Large-scale tourism development in a Czech rural area: contestation over the meaning of modernity
9: The expansion of international hotel groups into Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 – strategic couplings and local responses
10: Conceptualizing trans-national hotel chain penetration in Bulgaria
11: New consumption spaces and cross-border mobilities

Part IV: Borderlands
12: From divided to shared spaces: transborder tourism in the Polish-Czech borderlands
13: Finnish-Russian border mobility and tourism: localism overruled by geopolitics
14: Kaliningrad as a tourism enclave/exclave?
15: An evaluation of tourism development in Kaliningrad

Part V: Identity and Image
16: Mutli-ethnic food in the mono-ethnic city: tourism, gastronomy and identity in central Warsaw
17: Rural tourism as a meeting ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
18: Interrogating tourism’s relevance: mediating between polarities in Kosovo
19: European Night of Museums and the geopolitics of events in Romania
20: The power of the Web: blogging destination image in Bucharest and Sofia

Part VI: Mobilities
21: The role of pioneering tour companies
22: The geopolitics of low-cost carriers in Central and Eastern Europe
23: Tourism and a geopolitics of connectivity: the Albanian nexus
24: Heroes or "Others"? A geopolitics of international footballer mobility
25: Tourism, mobilities and the geopolitics of erasure

Part VII: Conclusions
26: In conclusion

Derek Hall

Derek Hall is at Seabank Associates, Ayrshire, UK.