Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism

February 2024
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  • Published
    20th February
  • ISBN 9781800625242
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

While the study of animal-human interactions within the context of tourism has been explored in a greater number and diversity of ways within the last decade, the discourse remains divided between traditional tourism academia and outside disciplines "looking in." Tourism academia has borrowed philosophical, ethical, gender studies, sociological, ecological conservation, and economic lenses to explore animals in tourism; however, collaboration with authors external to tourism studies remains few.

This edited volume strengthens the bridge between tourism academia and other disciplines by highlighting the fresh perspectives, emerging methodologies and innovative interdisciplinary conventions at the forefront of animals in tourism research, whilst critically working towards more ethical human-animal interactions within the tourism and leisure space. Split into four parts "emerging motivations," "emerging cultures," "emerging narratives," and "emerging reflections," this book offers readers a rich text grounded in progressive scholarly praxis including:

  • Research focussed on a wide range of animal taxa, geographic locations, and touristic contexts to help move the conversation toward multi-faceted solutions.
  • An eclectic selection of methodological approaches from multispecies ethnography to storytelling, literary and media analyses and participant survey that showcases the emerging interdisciplinary practices.
  • Representation of emerging voices from various fields and disciplines around the world.
This unique text will be widely applicable to scholars working towards equitable human-animal interactions within tourism.

Section 1. Emerging Motivations
1. Introduction. Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism: The humans, animals, and academic inquiry at the frontier of tourism’s ‘animal turn’. Jes Hooper and Carol Kline
2. Travelling to feed animals: Identifying motivations of tourists on ‘Rabbit Island’, Japan. Rie Usui, Thomas Jones, and Takahiro Kubo
3. Fighting Animals in Tourism. Zuzana Velenska
4. Volunteer tourism and dog rehoming: Collaborating for interspecies cultures of care. Nora Schuurman
5. Hands of the herd: Negotiating Tourist Desires and Animal Welfare at a Thai Elephant Sanctuary. Jacqueline Sadashige

Section 2. Emerging Narratives
6. Elephants and NGOs: the complex intersection of Advocacy and tourism in Nepal. Michelle Syzdlowski
7. Contemporary coexistence at the seaside: Social narratives of gulls living alongside tourism. Paul Tullyand Neil Carr
8. Trick or treat? The dilemma of “ceva” in North Pantanal wildlife tourism. Eveline Baptistella

Section 3. Emerging Cultures

9. Humano-cat cultures and tourist attitudes towards local free-living cats of the Costa. Kris Hill
10. A ‘day dog’ afternoon - Turkish street dogs as hiking companions. Orsolya Barna
11.Red fox sociality in Japanese captive wildlife tourism: A multispecies storytelling approach. Emilie Crossley

Section 4. Emerging Reflections
12. Mapping the North with Reindeer in 1930s British Travel Writing: Olive Murray Chapman’s Across Lapland with Sledge and Reindeer and Halliday Sutherland’s Lapland Journey. Jopi Nyman
13. ‘Meet and Greet’ animal experiences in zoos: Are They sending the right message? Polly Doodson, Lucy Dumbell, Amanda D. Webber, and Vicky Melfi
14. Poster of a hyperreal monster and the evolving eras of white shark image. Raj Aich
15. Conclusion and the way forward. Pauline Sheldon

Jes Hooper

Jes Hooper is an Anthrozoology PhD candidate at the University of Exeter, UK, and a member of Exeter's Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group. Jes' current research focuses on human-animal encounters within the trade in exotic wildlife for the pet, coffee, tourism, and zoo industries. Jes' PhD project, The Civet Project, is a multi-species and multi-sited ethnography following the stories of Viverridae species entangled within live animal trade, with encounters viewed through a trans-species lens. Jes is also a HE lecturer on two undergraduate programs in Animal Behavior, Welfare and Conservation at Plumpton College, UK, where she runs undergraduate modules in Human-Animal Interactions, Applied Methods for Conservation, Research Skills, and Contemporary Advances in Animal Behavior. Jes is also a freelance writer specializing in animal ethics, and blogs under the name "Shilo & Patch."

Carol Kline, PhD

Carol Kline is a Professor and the Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Appalachian State University. Her teaching and research interests have historically focused broadly on tourism sustainability, including topics such as foodie segmentation, craft beverages, agritourism, tourism entrepreneurship, and tourism in developing economies. However, she now gears her research solely on animals and she teaches a course called Animals, Tourism, & Sustainability. She is part of the Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism (RESET) initiative, which includes animals within the study of social equity. She is founder of Fanimal Inc., a non-profit that helps individuals find animal-focused careers.

tourism encounter; animal welfare; captive wildlife; anthrozoology; animal rights; non-human animals; animal studies; tourism studies; wildlife tourism attractions; animal experiences