Islandscapes and Tourism

An Anthology

August 2023
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  • Published
    29th August 2023
  • ISBN 9781800621510
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

The links between islands and tourism as sights of pleasure is embodied in the touristification of sun, sand, and sea. Islandscapes are central to the tourist imaginaries that shape islands as touristified places -- curated, designed, and commodified for both mass tourism and more niche inclined versions. Yet while islands are parlayed for touristic pleasure seekers, islands are also home to longstanding communities that have variously battled with the tyranny of distance from metropolitan centers, as well as the everyday challenges of climate change effects, and benefitted from their isolation from modern-day pressures.

To what extent are islandscapes resilient to rapidly changing utilities, significances, and ways of life wrought by tourism expansion? The vulnerability-resilience duality remains firmly entrenched in the discourse on islands where tourism has become prominent. Although tourism provides some resiliency, overall, islandscapes remain subject to externally driven fast and slow change that exercises an overwhelming influence.

This anthology of articles previously published in the journal Shima explores emergent themes that describe how island peoples adapt and respond in localized cultural islandscapes as a consequence of tourism expansion. It is aimed at researchers in island studies, tourism, sustainability, human geography, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology. The anthology will also be of interest to those with an abiding interest in the trajectories of islands and their peoples, particularly where tourism has come to shape islandscapes.

Joseph M. Cheer

Joseph M. Cheer is at the Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University, Japan. He most recently lectured in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University and is board member of the International Geography Union (IGU) Commission on Tourism and Leisure and Global Change. His research draws from transdisciplinary perspectives, especially human/economic geography, cultural anthropology and political economy. Joseph is focused on research to practice with an emphasis on resilience building, sustainability, and social justice in tourism. He recently published Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change and Tourism Resilience and Sustainability: Adapting to Social, Political and Economic Change (with Alan Lew).

Solène Prince

Solène Prince is senior lecturer in tourism studies at Mid-Sweden University and a researcher at the European Tourism Research Institute, Sweden. Her recent publications are featured in Island Studies Journal, Annals of Tourism Research and Journal of Heritage Tourism. She is on the advisory board of Sicri Network - Small Island Cultures Research Initiatives. She recently completed her post-doctoral project at Linnaeus University, Sweden (2021) where she studied ancestral tourism practices and dynamics. Her current research project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Philip Hayward

Philip Hayward is an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. His doctoral degree at Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), completed in 1996, concerned intercultural communication between Australian and Papua New Guinean performers on the Tabaran music project. He founded the online journal of island and maritime studies Shima in 2007 and continues to edit it. He has written and edited 19 books, including, most recently Cruisicology: the Music Culture of Cruise Ships (2019, co-authored with David Cashman). He has also published a number of articles about tourism and cultural heritage in Ryukyu-ko.

Islands and tourism; Seascapes; Mass tourism; Social-ecological resilience; Cultural tourism; Island communities; Cultural realignment; Anthropology