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Tourism and inequality: problems and prospects.

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This book seeks to make a contribution to the tourism and inequality debate, not only through its investigation of how and why tourism contributes to and reflects social inequality, but also through its exploration of the ways in which tourism can be a means to reduce social inequality or alleviate its impact. Across its 12 chapters, a wide range of inter-related forms of inequality and routes tow...


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Equal access for all? Regulative mechanisms, inequality and tourism mobility.

This chapter focuses on those who are relatively immobile because of the economic and other structural and regulative mechanisms, such as class, race, gender and religion, which affect the economic and social capital of individuals in society and therefore their life chances, with respect to tourism related mobility. It primarily focuses on the allocation of economic resources as a central regulative mechanism of tourism mobility but other forms of regulation are noted. The first section of the chapter discusses inequality in relation to concepts of tourism mobilities. The second section uses national travel survey data to illustrate the way in which mobility is unevenly distributed in society and the strong relationship of those mobilities to economic unevenness. British, EU, American and New Zealand data are used to illustrate how poverty and lack of car access in particular affect leisure mobility, while New Zealand data is also expanded with reference to findings from a qualitative assessment of access to tourism and leisure mobility. Finally, the chapter concludes by stressing the importance of connecting social exclusion to understandings of leisure mobility and how restricted activity space may serve as an indicator of social justice.

Other chapters from this book

Introduction Introduction: Tourism and inequalities. Author(s): Cole, S. Morgan, N.
Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Tourism, disability and mobility. Author(s): Small, J. Darcy, S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Tourism and visual impairment. Author(s): Richards, V. Morgan, N. Pritchard, A. Sedgley, D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 49) Sex tourism and inequalities. Author(s): Taylor, J. S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 67) Access and marginalization in a beach enclave resort. Author(s): Carlisle, S.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) Fair Trade in Tourism - a marketing tool for social transformation? Author(s): Kalisch, A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 107) Tourism and human rights. Author(s): Cole, S. Eriksson, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 126) Social tourism for low-income groups: benefits in a UK and Irish context. Author(s): Minnaert, L. Stacey, J. Quinn, B. Griffin, K.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 143) Tourism and welfare: ethics, responsibility and well-being. Author(s): Hall, D. Brown, F.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 164) Pro-poor tourism - can tourism contribute to poverty reduction in less economically developed countries? Author(s): Meyer, D.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 183) Urban beaches as social tourism installations: case studies of Paris Plage and Bristol Urban Beach 2007. Author(s): Gale, T.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 194) Justifying tourism: justice through tourism. Author(s): Higgins-Desbiolles, F.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2010
  • ISBN
  • 9781845936624
  • Record Number
  • 20103348706