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The moral terrains of ecotourism and the ethics of consumption

Chapter


Abstract


  • In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of Western philosophical ethics as they may pertain to tourism. Our discussion then turns to one of the most popular attempts to address sustainability across the globe: ecotourism. Ecotourism as distinct from tourism writ large is earmarked by appeals to concepts and ethical practices pertaining to sustainability (in all its varied meanings), consumption, preservation, and the politics of colonialism and the dynamics of global development strategies. In order to bring the ethics of consumption into the context of ecotourism, we provide a case account of ecotourism that represents one of the more popular versions, national park tourism, and the exchanges that occur over what we call the ‘moral terrains’ of ecotourism. At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ecotourism pertains to market dynamics, colonialism, adjacent and conflicting heritage, challenges to environmental identity, micro-management strategies aimed at cultural reconciliation and political agency, as well as the ethics of entertainment that plagues tourism as a human form of consumption. We conclude with sections addressing the elevation of the ethics of ecotourism to a quandary of global environmental justice and utilize the controversy of the Uluru-climb to exemplify normative demands on today’s quest for sustainable tourism.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Figueroa, R. M., & Waitt, G. (2013). The moral terrains of ecotourism and the ethics of consumption. In Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction (pp. 260-274). doi:10.4324/9780203867785-28

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415558242

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85121895290

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction

Start Page


  • 260

End Page


  • 274

Abstract


  • In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of Western philosophical ethics as they may pertain to tourism. Our discussion then turns to one of the most popular attempts to address sustainability across the globe: ecotourism. Ecotourism as distinct from tourism writ large is earmarked by appeals to concepts and ethical practices pertaining to sustainability (in all its varied meanings), consumption, preservation, and the politics of colonialism and the dynamics of global development strategies. In order to bring the ethics of consumption into the context of ecotourism, we provide a case account of ecotourism that represents one of the more popular versions, national park tourism, and the exchanges that occur over what we call the ‘moral terrains’ of ecotourism. At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ecotourism pertains to market dynamics, colonialism, adjacent and conflicting heritage, challenges to environmental identity, micro-management strategies aimed at cultural reconciliation and political agency, as well as the ethics of entertainment that plagues tourism as a human form of consumption. We conclude with sections addressing the elevation of the ethics of ecotourism to a quandary of global environmental justice and utilize the controversy of the Uluru-climb to exemplify normative demands on today’s quest for sustainable tourism.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Figueroa, R. M., & Waitt, G. (2013). The moral terrains of ecotourism and the ethics of consumption. In Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction (pp. 260-274). doi:10.4324/9780203867785-28

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415558242

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85121895290

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Ethical Consumption: A Critical Introduction

Start Page


  • 260

End Page


  • 274