Urban tourism and its discontents. An introduction

Novy, J. and Colomb, C. 2016. Urban tourism and its discontents. An introduction. in: Colomb, C. and Novy, J. (ed.) Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City London & New York Routledge. pp. 1-30

Chapter titleUrban tourism and its discontents. An introduction
AuthorsNovy, J. and Colomb, C.
EditorsColomb, C. and Novy, J.
Abstract

Across the globe, from established tourist cities to less traditional urban destinations, mounting evidence points to an increasing politicization of what hitherto had been a minor issue in urban political struggles. This politicization of urban tourism manifests itself in different ways: local residents may take issue with tourism and its impacts as such; while other contestations revolve around broader processes and forces of urban change of which tourism is only a part. This introductory chapter establishes the context for the rise of urban tourism as a key component of urban development strategies, as a powerful force of urban change and as a source of contention. It contends that the subject matter of ‘protest and resistance in the tourist city’ is often best understood as part of broader struggles and urban social movements surrounding contemporary urban restructuring and governance patterns. It presents a brief taxonomy of the conflicts and contestations surrounding tourism that can be observed in the cities of the Global North and South covered by the subsequent chapters of the volume.

Keywordsurban tourism
urban social movements
tourism planning
urban development
touristification
urban protests
Book titleProtest and Resistance in the Tourist City
Page range1-30
Year2016
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published11 Jul 2016
Place of publicationLondon & New York
SeriesContemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
ISBN9781138342248

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