Human Change Not Climate Change Local knowledge and geopolitical encounters as learning in Higher Education for Tourism: Tourism Master Students establishing partnerships to create sustainable development

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The paper explores how 18 Master students at Tourism Studies at Aalborg University, campus Copenhagen (Denmark) co-create a space with indigenous peoples in Tulum (Mexico) in which through interests in recycling waste (in this case plastic bottles) enable people to meet and utilize a diverse range of tools and materials available to create tourist products ranging from baskets to art exhibitions. The paper explores the activities and alternative understandings of different world views/ways of organizing can practice positive ways rather than remain on the fringes of critiquing the status quo whilst at the same time resisting particularization. Practically the paper argues that this is achieved through the collective and individual subjectivity that emphasizes openness but through inclusive bottom up processes that lead to the generation of a waste politics agenda.
The students conducted fieldwork during a 12-day study trip in March, 2019 in order to solve a specific task for Tulum municipality about bike tourism. Apart the students engaged in emerging collectivities of indigenous peoples seeking to create awareness about issues of waste due to tourism through art projects based on indigenous knowledge about nature. Drawing on ethnography and my own participation both as teacher/facilitator and participant I seek to set the scene for understanding the vitality invested in the and given to the materials such as both things are created as well as social relationships. The space created is about the potential and possibilities, learning, sharing and relating and engaging in and being open to others and the material world – understanding it as a whole.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism
ISSN1531-3220
StatusAccepteret/In press - 1 jun. 2020

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