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Gender Equality and Tourism

Gender Equality and Tourism

Beyond Empowerment

Now Published!

Edited by S Cole, University of the West of England

July 2018 / Paperback / 112 Pages / 9781786394422 £29.99 / €40.00 / $50.00
With 10% online discount: £26.99 / €36.00 / $45.00
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Does tourism empower women working in and producing tourism? How are women using the transformations tourism brings to their advantage? How do women, despite prejudice and stereotypes, break free, resist and renegotiate gender norms at the personal and societal levels? When does tourism increase women's autonomy, agency and authority? The first of its kind this book delivers:

A critical approach to gender and tourism development from different stakeholder perspectives, from INGOs, national governments, and managers as well as workers in a variety of fields producing tourism.

Stories of individual women working across the world in many aspects of tourism.

A foreword by Margaret Bryne Swain and contributions from academics and practitions from across the globe.

A lively and accessible style of writing that links academic debates with lived realities while offering hope and practical suggestions for improving gender equality in tourism.

Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, a critical gendered analysis that questions the extent to which tourism brings women empowerment, is an engaging and thought-provoking read for students, researchers and practitioners in the areas of tourism, gender studies, development and anthropology.

To access a presentation delivered by Stroma Cole as well as an interview with her, please visit


Will be an engaging and thought-provoking read to students and researchers in the areas of tourism, gender studies, development and anthropology.

  • 1: Introduction: Gender Equality and Tourism – Beyond Empowerment
  • 2: Gender Equality and Tourism: The Global Policy Context
  • 3: Feminist Perspectives in the Development of Action Plans for Tourism
  • 4: ‘An Uneasy Truth?’: Female Tourism Managers and Organizational Gender Equality Measures in Portugal
  • 5: Tourism as Empowerment: Women Artisan’s Experiences in Central Mexico
  • 6: Trekking to Women’s Empowerment: A Case Study of a Female-Operated Travel Company in Ladakh
  • 7: Women and Tourism in the Township: Tourism for Empowerment?
  • 8: Journeys of Emancipation: Disrupting Poverty in Nepal
  • 9: Tourism and Women’s Rights in Tunisia
  • 10: Tourism Entrepreneurship and Gender in the Global South: The Mexican Experience
  • 11: Tourism, Dolls and Dreams: The Last Generation?
  • 12: Conclusions: Beyond Empowerment

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Cole is a senior lecturer in Tourism Geography at the University of the West of England. Stroma combines her academic career with action research and consultancy, most recently looking at tourism and water rights in Indonesia. She is a director of Equality in Tourism and was the Chair of Tourism Concern (2006-2012). Stroma is an activist researcher critiquing the consequences of tourism development.