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Tourism and National Parks


Series: Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

Edited By: Warwick Frost and C Michael Hall

356 pages, Illustrations, tables


Hardback | Nov 2008 | #177418 | ISBN-13: 9780415471565
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In 1872 Yellowstone National Park was established as a National Park. The name caught the public's imagination and by the close of the century, other National Parks had been declared, not only in the USA, but also in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Tourism has also been a fundamental component of the national parks concept from the beginning and arguably predates ecological justifications for national park establishment though has been closely related to landscape conservation rationales at the outset.

This edited volume aims to explore in detail the origins and multiple meanings of National Parks and their relationship to tourism in a variety of national contexts. It will consist of a series of introductory overview chapters followed by case study chapters from around the world including insights from the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Indonesia, China and Southern Africa. This volume is expected to contribute not only to tourism and national park studies at the upper level undergraduate and graduate levels but also to courses in international and comparative environmental history, conservation biogeography, and outdoor recreation management.

...a rich critique of the dynamism of national parks in an evolving social, economic, and cultural world. Recommended. - Choice, March 2010


Introduction 1. Introduction: The Making of the National Park Concept 2. Reinterpreting the Creation Myth: Yellowstone National Park 3. American Invention to International Concept: The Spread and Evolution of National Parks 4. National Parks and the 'Worthless Lands Hypothesis' Revisited 5. National Parks and National Identity and Tourism New World Perspectives 6. Framing the View: How American National Parks Came to Be 7. John Muir and William Gladstone Steel: Activists and the Establishment of Yosemite and Crater Lake National Parks 8. Tourism and the Canadian National Park System: Protection, Use and Balance 9. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: Natural Wonder and World Heritage Area 10. 'Welcome to Aboriginal Land': The Uluru -- Kata Tjuta National Park Old World Perspectives 11. The National Park Concept in Spain: Patriotism, Education, Romanticism and Tourism 12. The English Lake District -- National Park or playground? 13. The Peak District National Park UK: Contemporary Complexities and Challenges 14. A Ticket to National Parks? Tourism, Railways, and the Establishment of National Parks in Sweden 15. 'Protect, preserve, present' -- The Role of Tourism in Swedish National Parks Developing World: Beyond The Eurocentric 16. National Parks in Indonesia: An Alien Construct 17. National Parks in Transition: Wuyishan Scenic Park in China 18. 'Full of rubberneck waggons and tourists': The Development of Tourism in South Africa's National Parks and Protected Areas Beyond Nature 19. National Parks as Cultural Landscapes: Indigenous Peoples, Conservation and Tourism 20. National Mall and Memorial Parks: Past, Present and Future Conclusion 21. The Future of the National Park Concept

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