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Moral limits of the market: The impossibility of balanced tourism development


Ooi, CS, Moral limits of the market: The impossibility of balanced tourism development, CAUTHE 2017: Time For Big Ideas? Re-thinking The Field For Tomorrow, 7-10 February 2017, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, pp. 536-540. ISBN 9780473388195 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Scholars and the practice community unanimously advocate sustainable balanced and sensitive tourism development. Engaging with locals and setting up public-private partnerships are frequently championed. This working paper introduces a set of lenses in the moral philosophy tradition and argues that the current pragmatic solutions to sustainable tourism development could not resolve issues of authenticity, equity, rights and fairness. There are three in-built moral limits in the tourism market, and namely: the market assumes it can price everything including culture and nature; the market distributes welfare through one's ability to pay rather than one's needs; and the market is structured in ways that benefit some groups more than others. The so-called solutions are compromises, and are tainted ideologically and politically. This work-in-progress is merely a starting point to a longer discussion on how narratives of balanced sustainable tourism development gloss over the contradictions in the tourism market.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:sustainable tourism development, moral limits of the market, balanced tourism development, sensitive tourism development, moral philosophy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:122182
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-11-03
Last Modified:2018-04-19

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