Smartmentality in Ljubljana

Abbie Gayle Johnson, Jillian M. Rickly, Scott McCabe

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Smart tourism has been advocated as a concept to drive co-produced, technology-based design of tourism-related experiences. While it promises interactivity among supply networks, evidence of this outcome is limited. The aim of this paper is to understand how governmentality and power mediate stakeholder engagement and the processes through which smart tourism initiatives become embedded within destination design. To investigate this, the paper draws on Foucauldian governmentality and discourse analysis to examine the technologies of power that serve to position organisations and inhibit or facilitate stakeholder engagement within Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a result, the paper extends resource dependency and collaboration theory in smart tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103094
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Foucault
  • Power
  • Smart tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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