Plen3
Anthropological interventions in tourism

Convenors:
Chair:
Tricia Barnett (Director, Tourism Concern)
Discussant:
Kevin Meethan
Stream:
Plenaries
Location:
Henry Thomas Room
Start time:
12 April, 2007 at 9:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Papers by Simone Abram, Heba Aziz and David Harrison.

Long abstract:

From the early days of tourism development anthropologists have become involved in various ways, and in a range of international (EU, the UN affiliated World Tourism Organisation, for example), national (government tourist boards and planning departments), regional (development banks, Mediterranean Action Plan), and municipal institutions (local authority departments engaged in tourism) in advising, ‘consulting’, and policy formation. Additionally there has been increasing anthropological involvement in political movements (such as Tourism Concern) mobilising public concern with the social and environmental implications of tourism development. The purpose of this plenary is to discuss and evaluate the role of such anthropological interventions and to relate these examples of practical activity to theoretical debates.