Tourism and Human Rights: A Complex Relationship

Authors

  • Jorge Ferraz Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.NOVA, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal; Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, 2769-510 Estoril, Portugal; CITUR – Centre for Research in Tourism, Estoril Pole, 2769-510 Estoril, Portugal
  • Sandro Serpa Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal; Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal; Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA-UAc, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0040

Keywords:

Human rights, tourism, dignity, complexity, ethics

Abstract

The objective of this article is to contribute to the understanding and discussion of the relationship between human rights and tourism. This topic has emerged, above all, in the wake of the discussion on ethics and social responsibility, frequently in a very polarized way in some public debate, and in very generic and non-discussed terms in declarations of intergovernmental organizations. It takes more than that. Thus, our purpose is to analyze, systematize and discuss the main dimensions of the relationship between tourism and human rights. We offer two interrelated approaches: a more theoretical and philosophical reflection on cultural interaction, dignity and human rights; and another approach more related to observation and operationalization of the problem in the social practices, how intergovernmental organizations present and formalize those issues and what are the actors and the logics at play in tourism. Our main conclusion is that such a relationship is inescapably complex because of the nature of tourism and its intrinsic interactions, and because human rights are related to an unfinished debate of plural perspectives, principles and operationalizations.

 

Received: 2 December 2020 / Accepted: 2 February 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021

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Published

2021-03-05

How to Cite

Ferraz, J. ., & Serpa, S. . (2021). Tourism and Human Rights: A Complex Relationship. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(2), 75. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0040

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