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Accumulation by symbolic dispossession: Tourism development in advanced capitalism

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posted on 23.06.2021, 11:44 by James A Fitchett, Frank Lindberg, Diane Martin
We examine the development of tourism in the Lofoten Islands in Norway to show how the operation of symbolic capital transforms the political economy of space. Whereas prior research has explored the role of symbolic capital in the formation and operation of state structures, less attention has been given to its role in neoliberal transformations within states and efforts to open new markets and opportunities for capital. Our empirical findings show that symbolic capital transforms the Lofoten Islands in four distinct ways through the mechanism of accumulation logics: defining territory, commodification of time and space, legitimacy and authorization, and symbolic power and resistance. We discuss how processes of symbolic accumulation emerge as the most enduring and powerful forms of accumulation by dispossession in advanced capitalist contexts and that the struggle for symbolic capital is often the necessary precursor for the expansion of international tourism markets.

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Citation

Annals of Tourism Research 86 (2021) 103072

Author affiliation

University of Leicester School of Business

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Annals of Tourism Research

Volume

86

Publisher

Elsevier Masson

issn

0160-7383

Acceptance date

04/10/2020

Copyright date

2020

Available date

23/06/2021

Language

en