Tourism and anarchism

Denis Tolkach

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This paper aims to contribute to the application of political philosophies to the tourism domain. There has been a growing critique of the dominance of neoliberal theories within the tourism sector and tourism literature. Nevertheless, the present paper argues that engagement with full range of political philosophies would benefit tourism research. The application of various political philosophies, such as anarchism, may assist the development of new research areas within critical tourism studies and advance debates on contemporary issues of poverty, inequality, injustice and natural degradation. Anarchism has been rarely mentioned in tourism studies; however, its focus on justice, freedom and solidarity as well as its scepticism towards both the government and the corporations may contribute to various streams of tourism research, as the present paper indicates. Considering the revival of interest in anarchism in related disciplines, such as geography, the present paper constructs a research agenda based on the adoption of anarchism as a political philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-298
Number of pages15
JournalTourism Recreation Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • alternative tourism
  • Anarchism
  • critical tourism studies
  • political philosophy
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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