Tourism and Brexit Travel, Borders and Identity Edited by: Hazel Andrews

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31 Oct 2020
Tourism and Cultural Change
Channel View Publications
234 x 156


This book is the first to explore the relationship between tourism and Brexit from a social science perspective. As the UK repositions itself in the uncharted waters of a post-Brexit world the book considers three interconnected themes all bound up in touristic practices: travel, borders and identity. The volume uses diverse examples, including UK-Polish tourism, royal events, Arthurian-based heritage in Cornwall, media representations of Brits abroad, ideas of freedom on holiday in Mallorca, the impacts of Brexit on migrant workers in Mallorca and on tourism for Commonwealth and Overseas Territories. Contributors to the book are based in the UK, EU, Southeast Asia, USA, Australia and New Zealand, giving the analysis a strongly international focus. It will be useful for students and researchers in tourism, migration, European studies, social anthropology, geography and sociology.


How do you square ‘Take back control’ with the freedom of holidays? Andrews answers this question and raises others in this innovative collection. The contributors explore an imaginative range of neglected and unexpected dimensions of Brexit: its spiritual dimensions, its connections with hospitality, the economies of British tourist destinations, as well as its effect on tourist images, and what exactly the role of the royal family is in all this.

- Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Hazel Andrews has forged a path for post-Brexit tourism studies with this edited volume, including valuable lessons learned from the brink of liminality. These wide-ranging cases foreground freedoms and fragilities in the face of a future unknown British heritage and identity landscape, all the while returning to key concepts of anthropology, borders, and travel.

- Pamila Gupta, WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

This book is a valuable contribution to the Brexit and tourism debate. Hazel Andrews has brought together an interesting and cosmopolitan group of academics to discuss the implications of tourism and Brexit for borders and identity. They come from a variety of disciplines and add greatly to British-specific views on what continues to be a hugely divisive rift within British society.The strength of the book rests in the varied perspectives offered by its contributors, who focus on much wider issues than is usual in discussions on Brexit. This is evident from the first chapter where Pimor discusses the spiritual dimension of Europe – rarely do such discussions consider Brexit from perspectives of those outside the UK. Where does tourism come into all of this? Does it contribute a new feature to European consciousness? Can it reflect a new British identity? Are 'traditional' royal events to be valued as tourist attractions, strengthening the UK's links with its new and former trading partners? Will UK tourists find their 'freedoms' restricted rather than realised? The answers are not clear (yet) but it is to Andrews' credit that the questions have been asked, and for the reader to consider how far they are relevant.

- David Harrison, Middlesex University, UK

Author Biography:

Hazel Andrews is Reader in Tourism, Culture & Society at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Her research interests include issues of identity, selfhood and the body, principally in relation to tourism and travel. She is Chair of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Tourism Committee.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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