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Tourism Mobilities in Contemporary Africa

Call for Paper for Edited Volume on Tourism in Africa

Tentative title : Tourism Mobilities in Contemporary Africa

Editors :
- Akbar Keshodkar, PhD
- Michele Carboni, PhD

Publisher : Routledge

Abstract :
Tourism is the fastest growing economic activity in the world and is one of Africa’s most promising sectors of development, with international tourist arrivals forecasted to more than double its present numbers by 2030. As nations across Africa invest heavily in tourism infrastructure to promote economic development in their societies, not much significance is devoted towards highlighting the potential socio-cultural and political impact on host communities throughout Africa. In addition to high leakage of earning away from the host nations, devastation of the local natural environments, exploitation of indigenous workforce, lack of steady employment, corruption of local officials, social and cultural disruption, employment migration, marginality of urban populations in tourist areas and dislocation of rural communities remain major dilemmas faced by populations whose livelihood increasingly depend on encounters with tourists and tourism. We invite papers examining the impact of tourism on local social, cultural and political developments in urban and rural communities from across Africa, exploring how Africans engage with such challenges posed by tourism : the impact of tourism related migration on host territories, how mobility across and between different urban-rural landscapes affects notions of belonging in local communities,influence of new, “modern” worldviews, behavior and social practices, and capacity in which tourism creates new opportunities and reconfigures existing socio-economic, religious, gender, sexual (in)equalities. In analyzing these issues, contributors are also encouraged to explore how tourism can contribute towards fostering sustainable and inclusive development in urban and rural communities across Africa.

Themes that we hope to cover in the edited volume include :
1. Tourism and dislocation in African communities
2. Dynamics of urban-rural migration, as related to tourism
3. Transformations in local notions of belonging in tourism environments
4. Modes of resistance to tourism
5. Sustainable models of inclusive development in tourist dominated areas
6. Social inequalities (political, gender, sexual, ethnic) associated with the tourism landscape
7. Emerging modes of mobility/immobility within the tourism discourse
8. Human rights issues and access to land/water use within the tourism discourse
9. Mobility and the politics of heritage tourism

Deadline :
Title, Abstract (300 words) and short bio (200 words) 31 December 2017