Ah, Michael, you are sounding naïve. This is about territory, academics carving out territory and geology just lost out to geography, physical geography I
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, Nov 20, 2011
Re: [rtsnet] RE: [IGUST] Making "Geotourism" less about Geology and more about GeographyAh, Michael, you are sounding naïve. This is about territory, academics carving out territory and geology just lost out to geography, physical geography I assume.
I have to say that the focus on sustaining a territory is getting closer to a value that says what is important is not sustaining tourism but how tourism can be an active part of sustaining the social, the economic, the cultural and the environment.
But, in carving out territory, Geotourism is falling into the traps of all the other ‘tourisms’ in thinking that by dividing into ever smaller disciplinary groupings, we create a better and more useful scholarship. Tourism has at least been one of those areas where disciplines come together to work at solving problems but are we inexorably going down the discipline path? Yes, certain pressures in universities do lead this way.
The world has problems and universities have disciplines. This is a phrase often used in the forums of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity and in the international group forming INIT, the International Network for Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity.
Tourism needs to be careful to retain its problem-solving and opportunity creating ability by not going down the discipline route, not letting discipline perspectives barricade themselves into little bunkers. This time geology lost the skirmish.
Jim Macbeth, PhD Associate Professor in Tourism
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Education and Creative Media
Murdoch University, South Street, MURDOCH, Western Australia 6150
Phone (61) (8) 9360 2185;0419 936 420 Fax (61) (8) 9360 6480
Last week a declaration was passed by the International Congress of
Geotourism to promote the word "geotourism" as being a reference more to
geography and sustainability than just geology...
*... What emerged from the Congress was the Arouca
written by attending European geopark leaders and delivered November 12,
2011 by Margarida Belém, president of the Arouca Geopark Board of
Directors. In part it says, "We recognize that there is a need to clarify
the concept of geotourism. We therefore believe that geotourism should be
defined as tourism which sustains and enhances the identity of a territory,
taking into consideration its geology, environment, culture, aesthetics,
heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geological tourism is one of
the multiple components of geotourism."*
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