Disabilities, functionings and capabilities: the capability approach in accessible tourism

KIM, Seonyoung and ADU-AMPONG, Emmanuel Akwasi (2024). Disabilities, functionings and capabilities: the capability approach in accessible tourism. Current Issues in Tourism.

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In this conceptual paper, through the introduction of Sen’s capability approach we seek to make a significant contribution to accessible tourism research. The capability approach offers a flexible yet sophisticated theoretical framework to evaluate individuals’ achieved wellbeing and wellbeing opportunities. Drawing on the concepts of functionings and capabilities we show the conceptual leaps that can be made when prominence is given to the diversity and agency of persons with disabilities in translating the opportunity to travel (capability) to the act of travelling (functioning). The capability approach can help build a more complete understanding of what either enables or hampers travel for persons with disabilities and we identify three relevant areas for accessible tourism research - non-market resources and conversion factors, individuals’ agency and choices, and policies and interdisciplinary work. We see persons with disabilities as active in exercising their choices and agency and highlight how the capability approach can enable researchers to see and undo existing dominant ableist discourse through more interdisciplinary inquiries. The capability approach helps accessible tourism scholars broaden their horizons and develop more comprehensive understanding of how tourism can help a person to lead a life they value regardless of their disability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1505 Marketing; 1506 Tourism; Sport, Leisure & Tourism; 3506 Marketing; 3508 Tourism; 4406 Human geography
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2024 10:42
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 12:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32969

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