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Behind the Smile: The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism
     

Behind the Smile: The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism

by George Gmelch
 

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Behind the Smile is an inside look at the world of Caribbean tourism as
seen through the lives of the men and women in the tourist industry in Barbados. The
workers represent every level of tourism, from maid to hotel manager, beach gigolo
to taxi driver, red cap to diving instructor. These highly personal accounts offer
insight into complex

Overview

Behind the Smile is an inside look at the world of Caribbean tourism as
seen through the lives of the men and women in the tourist industry in Barbados. The
workers represent every level of tourism, from maid to hotel manager, beach gigolo
to taxi driver, red cap to diving instructor. These highly personal accounts offer
insight into complex questions about tourism: how race shapes interactions between
tourists and workers, how tourists may become agents of cultural change, the meaning
of sexual encounters between locals and tourists, and the real economic and
ecological costs of development through tourism. This updated edition includes
several new narratives and a new chapter about American students' experiences during
summer school and home stays in Barbados.

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"The narratives are thought-provoking and Gmelch's comments areinsightful. Everyone in the tourist industry should have this book on theirshelves." — Anthropological Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253110640
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

George Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San
Francisco and Union College. He has studied Irish Travellers, return migrants,
commercial fishermen, Alaska natives, Caribbean villagers, tourism workers, and
American professional baseball players. He is the author of eleven books, including
(with Sharon Bohn Gmelch) Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley
(IUP, 2011). He has written two other books on Barbados: Double Passage, which is
about return migration, and The Parish behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of
Rural Barbados (with Sharon Bohn Gmelch). He has also written widely for general
audiences, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and
Natural History.

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