RE: [rtsnet] Calls for papers
This is a second call for papers for the Las Vegas AAG, 2009.
Tourism and the Urban Realm: Utopian Communities or Spheres of Exclusivity
In the last decade there has been increasing attention to the phenomenon of urban tourism as displayed by the growing number of articles but also edited collections and monographs. Discussions have centered, for instance, on the role of tourism and the broader experience economy in the commodification of urban areas. Some observers have used regulation theory to explain the dynamics of tourism growth in cities. Others have examined the spatial aspects of tourism’s growth within the urban realm. There is a growing understanding that while there is a tendency for tourism-related activities to cluster in so-called ‘tourist bubbles’, an increasing number of visitors have begun to search for attractions beyond these areas, often infiltrating into more traditional neighborhoods.
Moreover, there has also been a growing tendency in many parts of the world – with Dubai being the poster child of this tendency – to develop ‘instant’ cities very much based on leisure, recreation, and tourism activities.
This session (or sessions) calls for papers that concentrate on the interface of urban communities to tourism and the broader experience economy. In addition to case studies, the session could include observations on one or the following issues. The growth of tourism and marginalization of certain groups of people or activities; neo-bohemias and tourism; tourism (the experience economy) and the creative class; instant tourism cities and their effects, retirement communities, gold communities (notice that many of these are not mutually exclusive). In depth examinations of cities like Las Vegas and those that try to emulate them are also welcome. Case studies from around the world are welcome.
(As long as you have a paper that deals – even partly with urban tourism, resort development, spatial aspects of tourism, etc. then I think it would fit in.)
Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in presenting.
Dimitri Ioannides PhD
Professor of Human Geography
Mid-Sweden University and ETOUR
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