The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research
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The main aim of The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research is to provide a peer-reviewed forum for the study and discussion of tourism and peace issues in tourism and tourism-related areas of leisure, recreation and hospitality studies. The realities of the 21st Century, including globalization, the EU enlargement, immigration, terrorism, home-grown terror, made and natural catastrophes, conflicts, stereotypes, perceptions, and rising poverty, necessitate a closer look at the role of tourism. The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research is an international journal that encompasses all aspects of tourism and leisure oriented to peace, cooperation and conflict solutions. Tourism and Peace is broad in scope and deals with many factors relating to peace, such as appropriate planning, international cooperation, peace through tourism, tourism for peace, tourism in conflict-ridden areas, avoiding potential negative impacts of tourism and mitigating existing ones, tourism and human rights, peace museums, tourism and attitude change, inappropriate tourism behaviour, inappropriate industry behaviour, tourism and peace initiatives and examples of good practice through tourism, tourism and borders – physical and perceptual, tourism and cross cultural behaviour and understanding, tourism encounters, political tourism, and ethical tourism.
The major concerns of the journal revolve around the myths, realities and potential of tourism as an agent of peace. Critical questions concerning the extent to which tourism can contribute to the multifaceted nature of peace, and help it to function in an ethical manner can guide our research.
Tribe (2008: 245) reminds us that “tourism ought to be a more critical business”. The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research hopes to engage peace and tourism researchers with critical theory, using its insights and guidance to answer related critical questions. In the tourism and peace context, aspects of critical theory can help us to understand what tourism is and what it is not, what it can do and what it cannot. The business of tourism is imbued with conflicting dynamics of power, struggle, empowerment, equality, hegemony, imperialism, inequality, exclusion, ideology, oppression, rejection, emancipation, and others. As “critical theory deliberately seeks to engage with normative questions of values and desired ends” (Tribe: 247), concepts such as these and other domains of critical theory can help us to further our understanding of the tourism environment with the objective of finding ways of using tourism to the benefit of peace.
Published by the International Centre for Peace through Tourism Research -ISSN 1878-7754, www.icptr.com
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