Jack Shepherd

Jack Shepherd
Mid Sweden University · European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR)

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Introduction
I am a PhD student at Mid Sweden Univeristy, conducting research on the relationship between toursim and peacebuilding. My PhD thesis has focused on the role tourism can play in challenging sectarian narratives in the Israeli-Palestinian context. My other research has looked at the links between heritage and peace, cross-border cooperation, military occupations and boycotts. I have particular interest in narrative methods such as autoethnography and creative analytic practice.

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Previous research suggests that tourism has a role to play in challenging the destructive dominant narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian context – discourses that traditionally have, and still do, revolve around sectarianism, Othering and violence. Our case study focuses on a hostel in the Palestinian city of Ramallah that boldly attempts to challe...
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Stemming from a frustration with the rigidity of categories within tourism studies and their associated violence of finalization and narrative entrapment, this paper sets out to trouble the formation of tourist/m categories within the context of contested space. Using an evocative collaborative autoethnographic approach, three personal narratives a...
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This chapter looks at the role youth hostels play in challenging some of the destructive narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian context, narratives revolving around Othering, and demonisation of the Other. To understand the role of hostels in this regard, the authors use the concept of transformative dialogue to demonstrate how hostels assist in the...
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This work emerges from the encouragement of peace studies scholars to seek out commonalities that can unite rival sides in a conflict. Based on this call, I propose the unifying approach to peacebuilding through tourism as one where tourism initiatives use unifying points (such as figures, sites, stories and symbols) that help conflicting sides see...
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As tourists become more politically conscious, the number of boycotts grows. Despite their proliferation, tourism boycotts rarely succeed. This study explores why tourists reject boycotts in the context of mega-events that are often subject to boycott calls. The paper focuses on the attempted boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv,...
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The aim of this edited book is to use the Eurovision Song Contest as contextual glue, binding questions of tourism, events, and leisure. We particularly encourage submissions that include empirical analysis as well as conceptual discussion. Possible topics include but are not limited to: • Destination image and branding. • The politics of hosting t...
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Cross-border tourism cooperation is a fruitful form of engagement between borderland destinations, helping them boost their profile and minimise problems arising from operating near a border. European cross-border tourism cooperation is often supported by a European Union project funding arm known as INTERREG. Our study explores the perceptions and...

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