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ISSUES OF SCALE IN GLOBAL ACCREDITATION OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM SCHEMES: TOWARDS HARMONISED RE-EMBEDDEDNESS?

Author:
  • Mikael Klintman
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 59-69
Publication/Series: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Proquest

Abstract english

In efforts to find synergies or trade-offs between the environmental and social pillars of policies aimed at sustainable development, a key set of issues are often discussed in terms of geographical scale. The aim of this paper is to critically examine the framings of social and environmental sustainability challenges as scale-related (such as local - global or North-South) involved in processes intended to establish and improve international standards of ecologically sound products and processes. Theoretically, this paper combines works on scale theory (on how scale, localness, etc are framed in policy processes) with sociological work of disembeddedness and reembeddedness. Empirically, the paper is based on analyses of various types of documents about standardisation within the sector of sustainable tourism. More specifically, the paper analyses efforts related to the developments of the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC). This paper holds that reducing problems to inherent qualities of the local versus global - or to North versus South - runs the risk of obscuring and coming to terms with urgent problems at stake. The paper suggests how to proceed in order to shed light on scale dilemmas and reach possible resolutions at the interface of the social and environmental dimensions.

Keywords

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • eco-tourism
  • standardization

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Published
  • ISSN: 1548-7733
Mikael Klintman
E-mail: mikael [dot] klintman [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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