A Trip Too Far: Ecotourism, Politics and Exploitation

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Overview

Environmentally-sustainable tourism or ecotourism has become a major area of interest for governments, the private sector and international lending institutions. It is regarded as a way of allowing economic development whilst protecting against environmental degradation, especially in those countries with fragile ecosystems. However, despite the beneficial intentions of ecotourism, it tends to be regarded uncritically by environmental organizations, governments and the private sector alike. Rosaleen Duffy presents this analysis of ecotourism, linking it with environmental ideologies and the politics of North-South relations. By the extensive use of case study and interview material, she formulates ideas and proposals that should be important for the development of ecotourism around the globe.

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Examining the impact of ecotourism on Belizean society, Duffy (politics and international relations, Lancaster U., UK) argues that ecotourism is not the unmitigated good it is touted to be and should be regarded as a part of the global capitalist system rather than any kind of challenge to it. She looks at the environmental attitudes of ecotourists and the way ecotourism intersects with globalization. She suggests that ecotourists are less concerned about their environmental and political impact than with individual development and that ecotourism is a part of larger political and economic system that frustrates genuine development for indigenous communities. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837586
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosaleen Duffy is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University, with a particular focus on global governance, environmental politics and ecotourism in developing states.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Green Greed: Ecotourism and Environmental Ideologies
• Misery, Self-indulgence and Self-denial
• The Impact Spiral in Ecotourism
• Exotic Images: Marketing the Nation State
• Ecotourism and Indigenous Communities
• Ecotourism and the Politics of Globalization
• Conclusion
• Notes
• References
• Index

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