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AAG NY: CFP Managing Ethical Consumption in Tourism: Compromise and Tension

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  • Alison Gill
    Hello All Another proposed session - enjoy the summer but be sure to let organisers know as soon as possible if you intend to submit an abstract to any of the
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      Hello All
      Another proposed session - enjoy the summer but be sure to let organisers know as soon as possible if you intend to submit an abstract to any of the sessions.
      Best wishes

      Call for papers:
      Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference,
      New York, 24-28 Feb 2012
      Conference Session Entitled:
      Managing Ethical Consumption in Tourism: Compromise and Tension
      Organised by: Dr. Karla Boluk (Dalarna University, Sweden) and
      Dr. Clare Weeden (University of Brighton, UK)

      Ethical consumers grapple with some of the grand issues challenging contemporary society, such as economic and environmental sustainability, climate change, human rights and poverty alleviation. Accordingly, their consumptive behaviour is motivated by a range of priorities, stemming from various political, social, environmental, religious, spiritual and/or animal welfare interests. Such complexities, coupled with more general consumer concerns, such as quality, value for money and convenience, means they often have to devote extra time and effort to their consumptive activities. Indeed, ethical consumers are continually required to negotiate their way through a range of such considerations in order to successfully satisfy their personally constructed ethical selves. Unsurprisingly, tensions occur and compromises have to be made, especially when deeply held belief systems collide with the pragmatics of the market place. Similarly, ethical consumption in tourism, recognized variously as eco, responsible, Pro-Poor or Fair Trade, place pressure on conscientious travelers to manage a large number of concerns at one time when hedonistic motivations may threaten to override other consumption priorities. Specifically, ethical travelers need to negotiate tensions and make compromises balancing their interests in participating in leisure and relaxation while on holiday but also mitigating their negative impacts at the expense of destination stakeholders and their environments. These are just some of the issues this session seeks to address.
      The purpose of this session is to expand what we believe is a limited understanding of the motivations of ethical travelers. In particular, we are interested in exploring how ethical consumers manage their moral values, attitudes and behaviours when taking holidays. For example, how do ethical consumers reconcile their hedonic motivations with ethical responsibilities? In what way do they negotiate the conflict between wanting to be ethical with the practicalities of cost, convenience, time and choice? Do ethical consumers strictly adhere to their moral beliefs when making holiday choices or are they only interested in being ‘ethical’ during fifty weeks of the year? In what way do they seek to justify actions that are inconsistent with their proclaimed beliefs?
      We hope questions such as these, and similar, will stimulate researchers of ethical consumption in tourism to present original work in what will be an open and friendly forum. Research papers of a theoretical, methodological or applied nature are welcome on the following or related topics:
      • Responsibility in tourism
      • Ethical decision-making and behavioural change
      • Ethical motivation, moral obligation, altruism
      • Values, attitudes and behaviours
      • Moral/ethical selving
      • Willingness to pay/attitude-behaviour gap/neutralisation strategies
      • Travel activism, reflexivity
      Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by Friday 23 September 2011. Please email them (with titles) to Karla Boluk (kbl@...) or Clare Weeden (chw3@...)
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