Advancing a Social Justice-Orientated Agenda Through Research: A Review of Refugee-Related Research in Tourism

Bazrafshan, S
McIntosh, Alison Jane
Cockburn-Wootten, C
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Scholars have called for more critical considerations of social justice and tourism that align with the tenets, values, and practices for sustainability, transformation, and social change. The aim of this research was to map and critically assess the status of refugee-related research in tourism, particularly with regards to the extent to which it adopts, or extends, a social justice-oriented agenda. A systematic literature review of existing studies was conducted. Content analysis assessed three aspects of 37 studies, namely, (1) the topics covered, (2) the extent to which the research aligns with social justice research practices, and (3) the extent to which the research furthers the social justice agenda for transformation. The review revealed a body of work that does not demonstrate social justice research practices; mostly because the refugee-related research topics of focus do not exhibit a social justice-oriented agenda. Our review illustrated that existing tourism research tends to frame refugees negatively and as a threat to destinations, and neglect critical considerations of epistemologies, reflexivity, and research processes. We conclude by highlighting alternative approaches that could contribute to a social justice-oriented agenda, using tourism as a bridge for creating change within structures, discourses, and practices in refugee-related research.

1503 Business and Management , 1506 Tourism , 1604 Human Geography , Sport, Leisure & Tourism , 3508 Tourism , 4406 Human geography , social justice-oriented agenda; research; refugees; tourism; systematic literature review
Journal of Sustainable Tourism, ISSN: 0966-9582 (Print), Taylor and Francis Group. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2023.2203409
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