Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism
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Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism

Edited by Dallen J. Timothy

Globalization entails the world becoming a smaller place through political, socio-cultural and economic processes. These processes have salient implications for tourism, and tourism itself is one of the driving forces behind globalization. This book is a collection of conceptual treatises by international scholars about the dynamics and reach of globalization and its relationships with tourism. It anatomizes and deconstructs the global forces, processes and challenges that face the world of tourism. It is international in scope, encyclopedic in its conceptual depth, empirically evocative, and contemporary in its coverage.
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Chapter 25: The geopolitics of volunteer tourism

Jacob Henry and Mary Mostafanezhad


The geopolitical turn in tourism studies accounts for the ways in which, with more than one billion tourists crossing national borders annually, the tourism industry is one of the most far-reaching geopolitical practices of the 21st century. In this chapter, we consider how geopolitical discourses permeate the everyday activities of volunteer tourists, the projects they choose, and the legacies they (hope to) leave. We argue that critical geopolitics lends a productive, underutilized lens to better understand the transnational and humanitarian interactions which occur on tour. Volunteer tourism, we further argue, is mediated by a range of geopolitical discourses and practices such as securitization, territorialization, migration, statecraft and nation-building. Finally, we outline a framework for integrating feminist, environmental and imperial geopolitics into volunteer tourism research. This chapter contributes to emerging work which examines addresses the role of geopolitical discourse and practice in tourism generally and volunteer tourism in particular.

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