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Conceptualizing the Changing Nature of Australian Beach Tourism in a Low Carbon Society


Franklin, A and Picken, FE and Osbaldiston, N, Conceptualizing the Changing Nature of Australian Beach Tourism in a Low Carbon Society, International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 5, (1) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1835-7156 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Common Ground, Adrian Franklin, Felicity Picken, Nicholas Osbaldiston

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Abstract: Responding to John Urry’s call (in Climate Change and Society, 2011) to think about the implications of consumption and travel in the design of low carbon societies, this paper considers how the challenge to devise more localized forms of vacationing will impact Australian beach and beach cultures. Australian society is spatially concentrated on the coastal margins (75% live within 40kms of the coast and 25% live within 3kms), and yet, currently it is one of the highest consumers of vacationing based on flights to international locations, often to beach resorts. Current research on climate change and the beach is dominated by adaptation research, which models likely changes to geomorphology and built environments based on sea level rise. This has predicted an overall human retreat from the coast as a likely response; yet, this has not taken into account other important adaptations to climate change such as the localization of leisure and tourism. This paper argues that since Australians are unlikely to turn to their arid and agricultural interiors, it will be the coast that becomes a new and more intensive vacationing zone. Based on what we know of the previous era of mass beach consumption in the mid-twentieth century and what we know about contemporary Australian tourism and tourists, this paper identifies the likely dimensions and practices of beach cultures for a low-carbon Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
UTAS Author:Picken, FE (Dr Felicity Picken)
ID Code:89258
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-02-27
Last Modified:2014-10-07
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