Mediatisation and social sustainability – an ambivalent relationship
Summary, in English
This research emphasises the dialectics of media and social institutions in examining
overtourism as a challenge for sustainable development in European urban destinations. Narrative analysis of the emergence of overtourism on online news media and social media platforms was conducted during 2017-2019.
Findings underscore the ambivalent relationship between mediatization and sustainability. Media narratives construct overtourism as an unsustainable situation for urban destinations, whilst at the same time promoting the attractiveness of these places. Overtourism brings prosperity as well as urban decay and cultural despair to cities. We contend that the ambivalence surrounding the sustainability challenge of overtourism in the media is an obstacle to discussions of concrete measures. At the same time, ambivalence may lead to a greater reflexivity concerning social sustainability, which may be harnessed as a resource for change.
- Institutionen för strategisk kommunikation
- Economic Geography
- urban tourism
- social sustainability
Knowledge for Sustainable Development – Lund University Research Conference, 2021<br/>
2021-05-04 - 2021-05-04
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