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Events as catalysts for communal resistance to overtourism

Duignan, Michael B.; Everett, Sally; McCabe, Scott

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Michael B. Duignan

Sally Everett

Scott McCabe


The negative impacts of tourism, often associated with overtourism, can lead to resistance by local stakeholders. This study focuses on collective resistance across Japan in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, during a period of exponential growth in tourism that produced disruption and fear, and led to a rise in tourismophobia. We conceptualise negative reactions through Castells' theory of the network society. Utilising qualitative data, we argue that Japan's national tourism growth strategy represented a state-imposed legitimising identity, leading to communal resistance sentiment and tactics across Japan and Tokyo. We illustrate how events act as catalysts for opposition against tourism development and how resistance identities can produce a new project and counter-legitimising identity tourism planners should take seriously.


Duignan, M. B., Everett, S., & McCabe, S. (2022). Events as catalysts for communal resistance to overtourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 96, Article 103438.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 15, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 6, 2022
Publication Date Sep 1, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 7, 2024
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier BV
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Article Number 103438
Keywords Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development
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