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Freedom of movement for all? Unpacking racialized travel experiences / Pooneh Torabian; Maggie Miller

Current Issues in Tourism, Volume: 20, Issue: 9, Pages: 931 - 945

Swansea University Author: Maggie, Miller

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In today’s world, more people have the means and opportunities to travel freely compared to the past. Yet, the freedom of movement and the right to travel are far from being globally recognized as human rights. For some, the freedom of movement is overshadowed by one’s race, gender, ethnicity, natio...

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Published in: Current Issues in Tourism
ISSN: 1368-3500 1747-7603
Published: Informa UK Limited 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa39694
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Abstract: In today’s world, more people have the means and opportunities to travel freely compared to the past. Yet, the freedom of movement and the right to travel are far from being globally recognized as human rights. For some, the freedom of movement is overshadowed by one’s race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and so on. When travelling across or even within borders, members of some groups may encounter discriminatory actions in the form of xenophobia, racism, and more recently, islamophobia. Increasing regulations and heightened security inevitably affect international tourism and travel. Drawing on our own travel experiences as tourists and tourism scholars of different racial backgrounds, we use this paper to explore the intersections of racism and tourism. Implementing innovative and improvisational methodologies, we unpack and interrogate the discourses that underpin racialized travel experiences. Our collective debriefings have been re-storied to further illuminate the importance of race in shaping tourism experiences, contributing to the lived frustration and discrimination at the borders and beyond. The insights gleaned from our experiences will contribute to the existing literature of tourism politics, and the discourse of racialized identities in travel and tourism.
Keywords: mobility, racism, racialized identity, reflexivity
College: School of Management
Issue: 9
Start Page: 931
End Page: 945