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Tourism and decolonisation: locating research and self

Chambers, Donna and Buzinde, Christine (2015) Tourism and decolonisation: locating research and self. Annals of Tourism Research, 51. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0160-7383

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This paper critically explores decolonial theory and its relevance for tourism studies. We suggest that while postcolonial and related critical theoretical perspectives furthered understandings of the consequences of colonisation, such critical theorising has not provided an epistemological perspective of tourism which legitimises the cosmologies of, and actively empowers, traditionally marginalised groupings. We review published tourism research which adopts critical and postcolonial perspectives, and argue that while these have been valuable in terms of exposing the existence and effects of dominant discourses and practices in tourism, their emancipatory objectives are limited because tourism knowledge is still predominantly colonial. Epistemological decolonisation is thus presented as a more radical project which can provide an ‘other’ way of thinking, being and knowing about tourism.
Keywords: colonial; decolonisation; decolonial theory; de-linking; epistemological; postcolonial

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Depositing User: Barry Hall


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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:38


Author: Donna Chambers ORCID iD
Author: Christine Buzinde

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism
Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Business


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