How to Learn to Be a Sustainable Tourist. An Ethnographic Approach to Marine Protected Areas

Keywords: marine protected areas, sustainable tourism, visitors, zoning


Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) represent both a normative and social tool for the conservation of marine habitats and species. This has resulted in the declaration of many MPAs around the world. These marine areas perform three key functions: preserving marine biodiversity, contributing to the local economy, supporting sustainable tourism enjoyment processes. In Italy, MPAs are created both for the preservation of naturalistic landscapes and as an environmental education device. This essay considers the case of the Underwater Marine Park of Gaiola in Naples by exploring, through the ethnographic approach, the socio-cultural implications that shape a relationship between visitors, environmental protection and tourist practice.


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Author Biography

Fabio Corbisiero, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Fabio Corbisiero is Associate Professor of Sociology of Tourism at the Department of Social Sciences of University of Naples Federico II.  He is the founder and head of the "Osservatorio LGBT" and "OUT (Osservatorio Universitario sul Turismo)" at the same Department. His activities at the Federico II include heading research groups in sociology of tourism, urban sociology, sexualities, genders and spatialities, social network analysis, where he seeks to use research to make a difference to people's lives.   

More information at his personal page.
How to Cite
CorbisieroF. (2022). How to Learn to Be a Sustainable Tourist. An Ethnographic Approach to Marine Protected Areas. Fuori Luogo Journal of Sociology of Territory, Tourism, Technology, 12(2), 27-49.