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Development Tourism

Lessons from Cuba, 1st Edition

By Rochelle Spencer


234 pages

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Tourism in Cuba - described by Fidel Castro as 'the evil we have to have' - has been regarded both with ambivalence, and as a crucial aspect of development and poverty alleviation. The result is a remarkable approach to tourism, one which often compels tourists to become agents of development through solidarity. Drawing on her experiences of working in an NGO in Cuba, the author uses a multi-sited ethnographic approach to investigate tourism motivations and experiences, and to examine the very nature of development. Her analysis covers a wide range of issues including social change, globalization, social theory, and sustainability. Also discussed is the way in which tourism in Cuba relates to broader debates surrounding transformation, capacity building, social action and solidarity.


'Rochelle Spencer addresses the topical concern of the relationship between the tourism industry and development. She situates the focus of her work (NGO study tours) appropriately within a rights-based approach to development and the moralisation of tourism, and she examines the links between tourism and poverty reduction, cultural exchange, solidarity, globalisation and empire. This is a refreshing approach which makes interesting reading.' Martin Mowforth, University of Plymouth, UK 'Overall, this book presents an interesting case of an alternative type of tourism and, if used in conjunction with other texts that describe various types of niche tourism, will allow the reader to come to his/her own conclusion regarding the complex relationship between tourism and development. The book will undoubtedly will contribute to lively debate in the classroom. The book will appeal to graduate students and academics interested in understanding the complex relationship between tourism and development.' Annals of Tourism Research

About the Author

Dr Rochelle Spencer is a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Social inclusion. Macquarie University, Australia

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography