Tunisian tourism, gender and the contribution of postcolonial feminism

Authored by: Heather Jeffrey , Nick Rumens

Routledge Handbook of Tourism in Africa

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138496088
eBook ISBN: 9781351022545
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This chapter argues for the incorporation of postcolonial feminism in scholarly research on gender and tourism. A postcolonial feminist intervention can influence who, what and how we research alongside the understanding of the impacts of tourism on host women. This adoption is necessary if the academy is to move on from the Anglocentric, economic imperative and transcend the reductionist discourse of economic empowerment. The current discourse of empowerment in both academia and non-governmental organisations is critiqued for the reification of Third World women as disempowered victims. Introducing and mobilising postcolonial feminism, this chapter seeks to provide insights into how tourism shapes what it means to be a woman in Tunisia. In so doing, the complex relationship between colonialism, neo-colonialism and women’s veiling practices is unpacked.

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