Social Mobility Goes on Holiday: Tourist Im|mobilities, Conflicts and Empowerment
Start date : 27 May 2021 09:00
End date : 28 May 2021 18:00
Where : Padova | Italie
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ATLAS Special Interest Group meeting Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism
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In the Social Sciences and the Humanities, the meaning of mobility is twofold. On one side, it addresses the movement of an individual or a group between social positions depending upon their economic, cultural or social capital. On the other, the term, in plural, refers to a major turn of the 2000s related to the physical movement of people, artefacts, commodities and ideas as a key dimension not only characterising present societies but also representing the epistemologies and the methodologies of the SSHs (Cresswell, 2006; Hannam, Sheller, & Urry, 2006; Sheller & Urry, 2006). Indeed, the rapid expansion of tourism, the variety of forms it takes, its transcultural agency and its role in defining the ordinary life of places have all contributed to the so-called mobilities turn (Hannam, 2008; Sheller & Urry, 2004).
The global pandemic that emerged at the beginning of 2020 has had a direct impact on the politics of tourism mobilities—their rhythms, routes, directions and feelings. Old and new im|mobilities are now confronted, exacerbated, or mixed up, bringing us to a new stage in the nexus between social and spatial mobility. Following Mimi Sheller’s recent call for ‘mobility justice’, which entails rethinking the reality that tourists and other elites are able to roam freely, while migrants and those most in need are abandoned and imprisoned at borders (Sheller, 2018), the 3rd International Seminar of Space, Place and Mobilities in Tourism SIG urges us to revisit the intersection of social and physical mobilities in and through tourism performances.
Considered from a diachronic perspective, tourism has always been ambiguous in terms of socio-spatial mobility. If observed at the macro level, tourism can be considered a powerful regional economic driver but also as a sector characterised by low-paying jobs with minimal requirements in terms of qualifications. Tourism is an all-encompassing consumer domain supporting the dispossession of socially fragile residents, which also massively impacts the environment. Observed from a closer point of view, however, it cannot be denied that having access to tourism represents a way to merge mental and physical well-being with cross-cultural encounters to the benefit of a larger strata of population than ever before. In addition, the labour geographies of tourism provide opportunities for better working conditions for some as well as opportunities for creative ways to rethink the human-environment nexus that strive for cultural inclusion, social innovation or even political activism.
The crossing point of social and physical mobility in tourism enacts a variety of inequalities as well as redistributive and generative paradoxes that may be worsened or even challenged by disruptive events and that directly impact our collective ability to move or not across the globe. The 3rd International Seminar of Space, Place and Mobilities in Tourism SIG aims to confront this issue by bringing together geographic, historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives on how tourist spaces are (in the present) and were (in the past) entangled with both exclusionary and inclusionary dynamics, resulting in both social conflicts and empowerment.
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