THE MICRO GEOPOLITICS OF ECOTOURISM
eBook (PDF), 392 Pages
This is an interdisciplinary book on ecotourism, discursive constructions, sustainability, nature conservation and preservation, public policies and development, politics and partnerships which presents tourism-related topics and current themes with remarkable in-depth analysis and discerning views serving as a source to various purposes of scholars, researchers, professors, government staff, planners, policy makers, people of trade and of private sector, civil society, NGOs, and by those interested in the subject. Conceptually, the author discusses and applies Social Constructionism, Critical Realism and Theory of Collaboration to empirical data, and he discusses and adapts the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of Norman Fairclough as a methodological tool. This book is a very interesting reading with unique approaches. There are general chapters accessible to a broad audience in reason of case studies in Brazil and in New Zealand. ISBN:978-85-912426-2-7
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Jul 26, 2011Professor Peter Kumble, Ph.D. Researcher on Landscape and Planning, Tourism landscape and territorial building, Ecotourism. Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Amherst, University of Massachusetts (UMASS), MA, USA. “This book clearly presents the complex and often contradictory subject of ecotourism. Early on, ecotourism was held in a highly favorable light as being the ideal alternative to mass tourism. It was purported to have minimal impact on the natural environment, cultural resources, and indigenous communities while simultaneously it provided economic benefit to local economies. Whereas ecotourism can and does achieve many of these benefits, which are not mutually exclusive, it is not without its faults because research has shown that even the low-impact approach of ecotourism can still inflict changes. These changes include physical impacts by visitors to natural resources such as erosion on trail surfaces, disturbance of fragile cultural resources,... More > disruption and/or displacement of wildlife from their habitat, and social changes to local indigenous cultures. That said, ecotourism is not necessarily a bad thing. It does provide a means for local cultures to take advantage of interest in local resources by outside visitors; much of the revenue associated with ecotourism remains at the point of designation. Ecotourism allows the visitor to experience many of the wonders of natural and cultural world in a way in which they – the visitor – become better educated about the unique cultures and natural environment which they have chose to visit. The visitor often develops a greater appreciation and understanding of the places that they have chosen to visit. Recognition of these special places often results in increased importance to protect and preserve these resources. Author Ismar Lima clearly illustrates how ecotourism is not without its secondary impacts or consequences, in spite of the many benefits that this small sector of what is the largest industry worldwide; tourism. This book explains the many wonderful consequences for bringing people to remote and isolated locations and allowing them to experience the wonder of the natural and cultural world. However, the text also sheds light on the many and often complex issues associated with ecotourism. In particular, Lima discusses the confusion central to the term ecotourism, citing literature by highly respected and well-published scholars in the field of ecotourism research. In particular, author Lima incorporates research as part of his doctoral studies in New Zealand, a unique and special location for ecotourism activities partially based on the isolated setting and tremendous natural and cultural landscapes. He also presents issues related to collaborative ecotourism in his home country of Brazil in the state of Bahia through a well documented and detailed case-study. This book pulls together in one comprehensive text many of the theories, applications, methodological tools, social consequences, and governmental structures of ecotourism. It does this in a logical and rational manner, making it easily usable by scholars, resource managers, program directors and NGO leaders. For this reason, this book represents a significant contribution to the field of research and applications of ecotourism principles and practices. It will be of great use and application for a wide audience of users.” Professor Peter Kumble, Ph.D. Researcher on Landscape and Planning, Tourism landscape and territorial building, Ecotourism. Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Amherst, University of Massachusetts (UMASS), MA, USA.< Less
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