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Sticky Landscapes and Smooth Experiences: The Biopwer of Tourism Mobilities in the Öresund Region

Ek, Richard LU and Hultman, Johan LU (2008) In Mobilities 3(2). p.223-242
Abstract
As landscapes become ordered according to certain sets of economic, political, ecological or social practices and discourses, other possible orderings become limited in their potential. The article illustrates this with an example taken from the field of tourism and place marketing. The empirical focus is golf experiences in Scania, Sweden, bookable by individual consumers over the Internet. The ordering of what is termed the ‘golfscape’ is unfolded with the help of an assemblage of arguments taken from writings on mobility, biopower and subjectification, post-foundational views of the materiality of the social and recent conceptualizations of the socio-cultural and spatial impact of tourism. The booking sequence, i.e. the interaction... (More)
As landscapes become ordered according to certain sets of economic, political, ecological or social practices and discourses, other possible orderings become limited in their potential. The article illustrates this with an example taken from the field of tourism and place marketing. The empirical focus is golf experiences in Scania, Sweden, bookable by individual consumers over the Internet. The ordering of what is termed the ‘golfscape’ is unfolded with the help of an assemblage of arguments taken from writings on mobility, biopower and subjectification, post-foundational views of the materiality of the social and recent conceptualizations of the socio-cultural and spatial impact of tourism. The booking sequence, i.e. the interaction between consumer and booking software, is analyzed as a series of negotiations, techniques and technologies of control and enactments of power. It is concluded that mobility studies can benefit from a Foucauldian power perspective when explaining practices of mobility and spatial fixation. (Less)
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golf, tourism mobilities, Foucault, landscape ordering, actor network ontology, servicescape, biopower
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  abstract     = {As landscapes become ordered according to certain sets of economic, political, ecological or social practices and discourses, other possible orderings become limited in their potential. The article illustrates this with an example taken from the field of tourism and place marketing. The empirical focus is golf experiences in Scania, Sweden, bookable by individual consumers over the Internet. The ordering of what is termed the ‘golfscape’ is unfolded with the help of an assemblage of arguments taken from writings on mobility, biopower and subjectification, post-foundational views of the materiality of the social and recent conceptualizations of the socio-cultural and spatial impact of tourism. The booking sequence, i.e. the interaction between consumer and booking software, is analyzed as a series of negotiations, techniques and technologies of control and enactments of power. It is concluded that mobility studies can benefit from a Foucauldian power perspective when explaining practices of mobility and spatial fixation.},
  author       = {Ek, Richard and Hultman, Johan},
  issn         = {1745-0101},
  keyword      = {golf,tourism mobilities,Foucault,landscape ordering,actor network ontology,servicescape,biopower},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {223--242},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  series       = {Mobilities},
  title        = {Sticky Landscapes and Smooth Experiences: The Biopwer of Tourism Mobilities in the Öresund Region},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2008},
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