Tourism and Brexit: Travel, Borders and Identity

Edited by: Hazel Andrews

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This book is the first to explore the relationship between tourism and Brexit from a social science perspective. As the UK repositions itself in the uncharted waters of a post-Brexit world the book considers three interconnected themes all bound up in touristic practices: travel, borders and identity. The volume uses diverse examples, including UK-Polish tourism, royal events, Arthurian-based heritage in Cornwall, media representations of Brits abroad, ideas of freedom on holiday in Mallorca, the impacts of Brexit on migrant workers in Mallorca and on tourism for Commonwealth and Overseas Territories. Contributors to the book are based in the UK, EU, Southeast Asia, USA, Australia and New Zealand, giving the analysis a strongly international focus. It will be useful for students and researchers in tourism, migration, European studies, social anthropology, geography and sociology.

How do you square 'Take back control' with the freedom of holidays? Andrews answers this question and raises others in this innovative collection. The contributors explore an imaginative range of neglected and unexpected dimensions of Brexit: its spiritual dimensions, its connections with hospitality, the economies of British tourist destinations, as well as its effect on tourist images, and what exactly the role of the royal family is in all this.

Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Hazel Andrews has forged a path for post-Brexit tourism studies with this edited volume, including valuable lessons learned from the brink of liminality. These wide-ranging cases foreground freedoms and fragilities in the face of a future, unknown British heritage and identity landscape, all the while returning to key concepts of anthropology, borders, and travel.

Pamila Gupta, WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

This book is a valuable contribution to the Brexit and tourism debate. Hazel Andrews has brought together an interesting and cosmopolitan group of academics to discuss the implications of tourism and Brexit for borders and identity. They come from a variety of disciplines and add greatly to British-specific views on what continues to be a hugely divisive rift within British society. The strength of the book rests in the varied perspectives offered by its contributors, who focus on much wider issues than is usual in discussions on Brexit. This is evident from the first chapter where Pimor discusses the spiritual dimension of Europe – rarely do such discussions consider Brexit from perspectives of those outside the UK. Where does tourism come into all of this? Does it contribute a new feature to European consciousness? Can it reflect a new British identity? Are 'traditional' royal events to be valued as tourist attractions, strengthening the UK's links with its new and former trading partners? Will UK tourists find their 'freedoms' restricted rather than realised? The answers are not clear (yet) but it is to Andrews' credit that the questions have been asked, and for the reader to consider how far they are relevant.

David Harrison, Middlesex University, UK

This book is as yet unique. It is not only a close-up consideration of one significant change of identity, role-changing, economy risking project, this collection assesses the re-setting of one country that will have effects widely across both Europe and countries across the world, in which tourism industries will have massive adjustments to make, both opportunities and risks [...] As such, tourism geographers will find the collection essential; as will those concerned with mobility studies; political and cultural geographies, and social policy studies to mention a few.

Tourism Geographies, 2021

Hazel Andrews is Reader in Tourism, Culture & Society at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Her research interests include issues of identity, selfhood and the body, principally in relation to tourism and travel. She is Chair of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Tourism Committee.

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Foreword: Tom Selwyn

Chapter 1. Hazel Andrews: The Magic and Liminality of Tourism and Brexit

Chapter 2. Alexandra Pimor: 'Travel broadens the mind and enriches the soul' – Exploring the Significance of Tourism and Brexit on the Spiritual Dimension of European Integration.

Chapter 3. Catherine Palmer: The Order of Things: Brexit and the Challenge of Identity

Chapter 4. Vivian B. Gornik: Uses of the Past: Heritage, Tourism, and the Challenges of (Re)Producing Contemporary National Identities in England

Chapter 5. Jennifer Frost and Warwick Frost: Royal Events and Tourism in the Post-Brexit Era

Chapter 6.  Sabina Owsianowska and Magdalena Banaszkiewicz: Brexit and Tourism in Central and Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland

Chapter 7. Mark Casey: From Duty Free to Benidorm: British Tourists in Spain in an Age of Brexit

Chapter 8. Hazel Andrews: Taking Back Control: The Freedom of the Holiday

Chapter 9. Anne Storch and Nico Nassenstein: Divisions and Schisms in the Party Space

Chapter 10. Marcus L. Stephenson & Shaun Goldfinch: Post-Brexit Tourism and the Commonwealth Reimagined

Chapter 11. Maria Amoamo: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories: Tourism and the Reconstitution of Core-Periphery Identity

Chapter 12. Victoria Hooton: Associate EU Citizenship: a Panacea for Loss of Fundamental Rrights, Mobility and European Identity Post-Brexit?

Chapter 13. Reza Masoudi: Brexit and Post-Globalisation Era: Walking into Unknown Geography

Coda 2020: Hazel Andrews: COVID-19 Masks but Fails to Flatten Brexit


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