Conceptualisations of sustainability: issues of power and hegemony in Koh Phi Phi Island’s post tsunami redevelopment: a report on research methodology in progress

Taylor, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3536-8596 and Holden, A., 2009. Conceptualisations of sustainability: issues of power and hegemony in Koh Phi Phi Island’s post tsunami redevelopment: a report on research methodology in progress. In: The 3rd International Colloquium on Tourism and Leisure, Bangkok, 6-9 July 2009, Bangkok.

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Abstract

This research explores issues and debates pertaining to the development process in Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand specifically post tsunami. The theoretical framework is based in sustainable tourism development and political economy, with specific referen ce to the concerns raised by Naomi Klein (2005) and Anita Pleumarom (2005). This will ultimately involve an investigation into whether disaster affected areas inclusive of tsunami affected areas - appear to be set to be re-designed in the post-9/11 period by a range of governments, private companies, nongovernmental organizations and members of think tanks in ways that often do not consult with local communities. The research considers how Koh Phi Phi's island development plans have been adapted post tsunami to ensure the long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability of the destination. The research attempts to answer whether the types of political and developmental concerns, processes and structures described by Naomi Klein (2002) can be related to the localised case study experience taking place in Koh Phi Phi. A particular focus will be upon the political and social agenda of key stakeholders in the island's redevelopment, noting that speculation has taken place about government plans to alter the destination entirely to encourage new luxury, multinational business and tourism related markets (Rosenfeld, C. 9 January 2006; Phuket Gazette 6 January 2006; Altman, M. 2005; Sritama, S. 21 December 2005; Choo, B. 16 September 2005) even at the expense of certain previously existing small-mid sized businesses in the area, and certain sections of the local community. The methodological approaches to the enquiry will be discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Alternative Title: Conceptualisations of sustainability: issues of power and hegemony in Koh Phi Phi Island's post tsunami redevelopment: a discussion of research methodology in progress [working title]
Creators: Taylor, F. and Holden, A.
Date: 2009
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25495

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