Tourism and Place Identity: A case-study in rural Ireland


  • Moya Kneafsey Coventry University



This paper aims to examine aspects of the relationship between tourism and place identity in rural Ireland. This relationship is conceptualised in terms of the seemingly contradictory themes of change and continuity and. through a case study, it is argued that the impact of tourism must be understood in terms of the new social relations which emerge as individuals and institutions interact to commodity place identity. These new relations in turn are mediated through resilient existing social relations. Whilst there is evidence of a gradual redefinition of local identities towards a more touristic orientation through, for example, the commodification of cultural practices, heritage and landscape resources, there is also evidence of resistance to this re-orientation. Thus places retain their distinct identities in the face of potentially homogenising global processes.

Author Biography

Moya Kneafsey, Coventry University

School of Natural and Environmental Sciences



How to Cite

Kneafsey, M. (2015). Tourism and Place Identity: A case-study in rural Ireland. Irish Geography, 31(2), 111–123.



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