A new materialist governance paradigm for tourism destinations

Xavier Matteucci, Jeroen Nawijn, Jennifer von Zumbusch

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Until the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of tourism had confronted many destinations with policy decisions that had impacted regional ecosystems and the quality of life of their resident population. To counter the threats driven by dominant tourism growth models, a number of tourism scholars have called for revisiting the philosophical foundation upon which tourism activities are developed. Informed by debates in philosophy and the wider social sciences, including tourism scholarship, this conceptual paper, therefore, suggests an alternative governance paradigm for tourism destinations, which is articulated in four propositions that reflect a new materialist perspective. These propositions are a monist post-anthropocentric ontology, a participatory epistemology, resilient forms of tourism and participation as methodologies, and social eudaimonia as societal value. The core argument presented in this paper is that the Anthropocene requires tourism destinations to espouse alternative governance approaches drawing from ideas emerging from new materialist scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Governance paradigm
  • destinations
  • new materialism
  • post-anthropocentrism
  • social eudaimonia


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