248 pages | 33 B/W Illus.
Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance situates our travel imaginaries, those dream destinations on our travel bucket lists, as co-constructed by the tourist industry, state development policies, and community negotiations, and as framed by modernity’s new global cultural economy. As more people travel for pleasure than ever before, host communities and intermediaries are presented with tourism opportunities that all too often become flashpoints for local contestation and mechanisms for displacement.
The ethnographically-grounded chapters describe tourist encounters shaped by geopolitics, complicated by war, and troubled by and enacted within the economic inequities of neocolonialism. The points of contact afford a unique vantage from which to view cultural identity, entrepreneurial strategizing, and natural resource management as global politics and relations of difference. They also illustrate the power of social networks, cultural display, and artistic performance as collective presentation, management apparatus, and structural critique.
Drawing on a range of international case studies, this book will appeal to those interested in tourism, anthropology, global studies, environmental issues, microeconomics, and identity studies.
Acknowledgements Frances Julia Riemer; Introduction Frances Julia Riemer; Part I: Managing Tourism during War Time; 1. Loose Lips can Sink Tourism: True Lies and Secrecy and Evasion during Nepal’s Maoist InsurgencySharon Hepburn; 2.From Tourism to Terrorism: Timbuktu and the Traffic in Global ImaginariesAngela M. Montague; Part II: Staging Tourism as Identity Performance and Structural Critique; 3. Staging Culture for Whom? Cultural Performance and Structural Critique in Highland EcuadorJoe Quick; 4. Violence as Tourist Spectacle in Eastern Indonesia: Exploring the Imaginaries of Pain, Identity and Power in Manggaraian Tourism Encounters Maribeth Erb; Part III: Mediating Tourism Transactions and Neoliberal Logics; 5.Waah Taj!: Mediating Agra’s Heritage and Local Tourism EconomyRiddhi Bhandari; 6.Seeing FezJesse Dizard; Part IV: Imagining Tourism and the Production of Place; 7.The Tulum Maya Ruins: A Place for Foreigners Maria Lauridsen Jensen; 8.Tropicality, Purified Spaces, and the Colonial Gaze: Exclusionary policies in cruise tourism and its impact on the Caribbean Matthew Nelson; Part V: Hosting Sustainable Tourism and Global Geopolitics; 9. Economic Security, Community Tension and Tourist Rankings on a Small Island in Mexico Brandon Melecio Fischer and Todd Pierce; 10. Elephants Are Coming: Safari, Community, and Botswana’s Hunting Ban Frances Julia Riemer, Kgosietsile Velempini, and Tonic Maruatona; Authors Bios; Index
This series draws inspiration from anthropology’s overarching aim to explore and better understand the human condition in all its fascinating diversity. It aims to expand the intellectual landscape of anthropology and tourism in relation to how we understand the experience of being human.
As people inhabit, organize, construct and classify the world around them they transform it into a meaningful world of places, ‘things’ and activities reflective of human culture and society. Tourism is a significant activity capable of uncovering the ways in which life and living is constructed, experienced and understood. This series provides a home for critical inquiry into the spaces, places, and lives in and through which tourism unfolds. Spaces and places such as the coast, the countryside and the built environment; airports, hotels and cruise ships; museums, attractions and souvenir shops; virtual spaces and that of the imagination. How such spaces are embodied, thought about and ‘used’ – imagined, constructed and experienced, memorialized and contested – are indicative lines of enquiry.
Although anthropology provides the guiding framework we invite contributions that draw from related disciplines and fields of study for example, philosophy, history, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, the arts, feminist studies, and so forth.