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Tourism, territories, and societies

Tourisme, territoires et sociétés

TEOROS, revue de recherche en tourisme

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Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021


L’objectif du numéro spécial de Téoros est de présenter des travaux de recherche originaux, empiriques et théoriques, qui offrent une perspective critique pour identifier et analyser les transformations sociogéographiques générées par le tourisme, mais aussi celles qui sont internalisées par celui-ci. Par ailleurs, des regards disciplinaires au croisement de la sociologie, de la politique et de la géographie, sans s’y limiter, sont bienvenus, car cette multidisciplinarité nous apparaît nécessaire pour comprendre les transformations actuelles du tourisme et des sociétés qu’il traverse.


Coordination of the issue

  • Dominic Lapointe, Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Tourism, Université du Québec à Montréal


The tourism industry is booming; with sustained growth for nearly 40 years, projections are of 1.8 billion international arrivals in 2030 (UNWTO, 2011). This growth is not without consequences, as is well demonstrated by the advent of the terms “overtourism” to qualify the major impacts in some cities and “tourismphobia” to describe the negative reactions by resident populations of “overtouristed” cities (Milano et al., 2019). Faced with this phenomenon, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, 2018) mainly identifies issues of mismanagement regarding the concentration of tourists and information to host populations, thus missing the complexity and scale of tourism as social, geographical, and political phenomena. 

Tourism today is a phenomenon that acts as a “worldmaking” force (Hollinshead and Suleman, 2018) where tourism proposes a representation and narration influencing tourists and their behaviour. This translates into the omnipresence of tourism in regional development discourse and policies, highlighting the benefits of growth without dwelling on the other dimensions of tourism activity (Brouder, 2018). Thus, tourism is a driving force in the creation of society, in the midst of a complex tangle of policies (Lapointe et al., 2018), geographies (Britton, 1991; Saarinen, 2004), and social groupings (Grimwood et al., 2018) and between stakeholder structures and subjectivities (Manuel-Navarette and Pelling, 2015). This complexity calls for critical scrutiny to analyze and take into account the capacity of tourism to homogenize territories and societies as well as to enable both territories and societies to reclaim their development and culture. 

The critical turning point in tourism studies dates back more than 10 years (Causevic et al., 2018) and integrates different critical traditions to address tourism. More classical approaches inspired by neo-Marxist structuralist analyses (Britton, 1991; Bianchi, 2009; Jeannite and Lapointe, 2016), poststructuralist analyses inspired by Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Bruno Latour (Hollinshead and Suleman, 2018; Roelofsen and Minca, 2018; Benali and Ren, 2019), and analyses inspired by social justice (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2006), postcolonial, and decolonial theories (Hall a d Tucker, 2004) mix and intersect to discuss relations between tourism, territory, and society. While this current is well established in Anglophone and Hispanic worlds, it is less evident in the French-speaking scientific world, despite the important place of French poststructuralist thinkers in the Anglophone current.

The purpose of this special issue is to present original, empirical, and theoretical research, which offers a critical perspective so as to identify and analyze socio-geographical transformations generated by tourism, along with those internalized by it. Furthermore, disciplinary perspectives at the intersection of sociology, politics, and geography, without being limited to them, are welcome, because this multidisciplinary approach is, in our opinion, necessary to understand current transformations of tourism and the societies affected by it.

Texts can focus on, without being limited to, the following:

  • Production of tourist territories
  • Economic and social inequalities in relation to tourism
  • Power relations and governance of tourist areas and territories
  • Tourism development: strategies, structures, and policies
  • Justice and ethics issues associated with tourism

Any other proposal related to the theme will be carefully considered.

Proposal conditions

Authors must send a manuscript written preferably in French (texts in English will be considered), presented according to the rules of the journal, available at https://journals.openedition.org/teoros/168. The texts submitted, in Word format (no PDF), must be approximately 7,000 to 8,000 words long and must include

a) a clearly stated research objective (question)

b) a description of the research methodology used

c) a theoretical component

A case study can be added to these elements but cannot monopolize the entire space allocated to the text. Téoros has an international readership. Authors are invited to take this reality into account in the presentation of their case studies in order to make them accessible to readers who are less familiar with the destination studied.

Each article must include:

  1. a) the full names of all authors (maximum of three)
  2. b) their main title and affiliation (a single one)
  3. c) their email and postal address
  4. d) a summary of no more than 150 to 200 words in French
  5. e) identification of the discipline or disciplines of study
  6. f) a list of keywords (maximum of five)


Authors are invited to provide three or four copyright-free, high-resolution (300 dpi) illustrations, indicating clearly the picture caption and the name of the photographer.

Originality of the study

Manuscripts submitted for publication in Téoros must make an original scientific contribution. Authors remain responsible for the content and opinions expressed as well as data correction and bibliographic references.

The deadline to submit a text is February 1, 2021.

Text proposals must be sent to the journal at: teoros@uqam.ca

Kindly write “Territories and societies” in the subject line.

If they so desire, authors may provide, in preparation of the manuscript to be submitted by the date indicated, a summary of the draft article so that the editors can judge the acceptability of the themes developed with respect to the objectives of the special edition.

Téoros, Journal of Tourism Research

The Téoros journal acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Aid to Scholarly Journals program), Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et Culture (programme d’aide aux publications scientifiques) (Quebec research fund for society and culture) (scientific publications assistance program), School of Management of Université du Québec à Montréal, the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism.

Director: Martin DROUIN, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal

Co-editor in chief: Mohamed Reda KHOMSI, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal

Co-editor in chief: Romain ROULT, Professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Benali, Amira et Carina Ren, 2019, « Lice Work: Non-human Trajectories in Volunteer Tourism », Tourist Studies, vol. 19, no 2, p. 238-257.

Bianchi, Raoul Valerio, 2009, « The ‘Critical Turn’ in Tourism Studies: A Radical Critique », Tourism Geographies, vol. 11, no 4, p. 484-504.

Britton, Stephen G., 1991, « Tourism, Capital, and Place: Towards a Critical Geography of Tourism », Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 9, no 4, p. 451-478.

Brouder, Patrick, 2018, « The End of Tourism? A Gibson-Graham Inspired Reflection on the Tourism Economy », Tourism Geographies, vol. 20, no 5, p. 916-918.

Causevic, Senija, Lynn Minnaert, Nigel Morgan et Annette Pritchard, 2018, « Prospect: The Future of Critical Tourism Studies: Reflections on the Road Ahead », Tourism Analysis, vol. 23, no 2, p. 177-181.

Grimwood, Brian S.R., Heather Mair, Kellee Caton et Meghan Muldoon, 2018, Tourism and Wellness: Travel for the Good of All?, Londres, Lexington Books.

Hall, Michael C. et Hazel Tucker (dir.), 2004, Tourism and Postcolonialism: Contested Discourses, Identities and Representations, Londres, Routledge.

Higgins-Desbiolles, Freya, 2006, « More Than an ‘Industry’: The Forgotten Power of Tourism as a Social Force », Tourism Management, vol. 27, no 6, p. 1192-1208.

Hollinshead, Keith et Suleman, Rukeya 2018, « The Everyday Instillations of Worldmaking: New Vistas of Understanding on the Declarative Reach of Tourism », Tourism Analysis, vol. 23, no 2, p. 201-213.

Jeannite, Sadais et Dominic Lapointe, 2016, « La production de l’espace touristique de l’Île-à-Vache (Haïti) : illustration du processus de développement géographique inégal », Études caribéennes, nos 33-34, avril-août, n.p., <https://journals.openedition.org/etudescaribeennes/8810>, consulté en novembre 2019.

Lapointe, Dominic, Bruno Sarrasin et Cassiopee Benjamin, 2018, « Tourism in the Sustained Hegemonic Neoliberal Order », Revista Latino Americana de Turismologia, vol. 4, no 1, p. 16-33.

Manuel-Navarrete, David et Marc Pelling, 2015, « Subjectivity and the Politics of Transformation in Response to Development and Environmental Change », Global Environmental Change, no 35, p. 558-569.

Milano, Claudio, Joseph M. Cheer et Marina Novelli (dir.), 2019, Overtourism: Excesses, Discontents and Measures in Travel and Tourism, CABI.

Roelofsen, Maartje et Claudio Minca, 2018, « The Superhost. Biopolitics, Home and Community in the Airbnb Dream-world of Global Hospitality », Geoforum, vol. 91, février, p. 170-181.

Saarinen, Jarrko J. 2004, « ‘Destinations in Change,’ The Transformation Process of Tourist Destinations », Tourist Studies, vol. 4, no 2, p. 161-179.

UNWTO, 2011, Tourism Towards 2030 Global Overview, UNTWO General Assembly, 19th Session, <http://media.unwto.org/sites/all/files/pdf/unwto_2030_ga_2011_korea.pdf>, consulté en novembre 2019.

UNWTO, 2018, “Overtourism”?–Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth Beyond Perceptions, UNWTO, <https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/abs/10.18111/9789284420629>, consulté en novembre 2019.


  • Montreal, Canada


  • Monday, February 01, 2021

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  • tourisme, territoire, société


  • Gwenaelle Reyt
    courriel : teoros [at] uqam [dot] ca

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  • Gwenaelle Reyt
    courriel : teoros [at] uqam [dot] ca


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