Tourism and cultural sustainability: Towards an eco-cultural justice for place and people

Tazim Jamal, Blanca Camargo, Jennifer Sandlin, Romano Segrado

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While studies of tourism have progressed beyond older discourses of "negative" and "positive" impacts to more nuanced understandings of the interrelatedness, complexity, and local-global scale in which tourism plays out, cultural considerations continue to lag in sustainable tourism; the dynamism and intangible aspects of culture make it especially elusive and difficult to address "cultural sustainability" and ethical issues that arise in this context. This paper argues for the development of an eco-cultural justice framework for sustainable tourism development and marketing: justice, equity, and the well-being of diverse groups, their cultural heritage, and their places of habitation, work, and leisure are integral considerations for sustainable destination management and marketing. A preliminary case study of Cozumel, Mexico and fifteen in-depth interviews with local participants provide the context for an ethical discussion around resident experiences and concerns, particularly as related to cultural sustainability and eco-cultural heritage. Theoretical and practical suggestions are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-279
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Recreation Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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© 2010 Tourism Recreation Research.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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