Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters

Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters

by Dina Berger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822345544

ISBN-13: 9780822345541

Pub. Date: 02/02/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

With its archaeological sites, colonial architecture, pristine beaches, and alluring cities, Mexico has long been an attractive destination for travelers. The tourist industry ranks third in contributions to Mexico’s gross domestic product and provides more than 5 percent of total employment nationwide. Holiday in Mexico takes a broad historical and

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With its archaeological sites, colonial architecture, pristine beaches, and alluring cities, Mexico has long been an attractive destination for travelers. The tourist industry ranks third in contributions to Mexico’s gross domestic product and provides more than 5 percent of total employment nationwide. Holiday in Mexico takes a broad historical and geographical look at Mexico, covering tourist destinations from Tijuana to Acapulco and the development of tourism from the 1840s to the present day. Scholars in a variety of fields offer a complex and critical view of tourism in Mexico by examining its origins, promoters, and participants.

Essays feature research on prototourist American soldiers of the mid-nineteenth century, archaeologists who excavated Teotihuacán, business owners who marketed Carnival in Veracruz during the 1920s, American tourists in Mexico City who promoted goodwill during the Second World War, American retirees who settled San Miguel de Allende, restaurateurs who created an “authentic” cuisine of Central Mexico, indigenous market vendors of Oaxaca who shaped the local tourist identity, Mayan service workers who migrated to work in Cancun hotels, and local officials who vied to develop the next “it” spot in Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas. Including insightful studies on food, labor, art, diplomacy, business, and politics, this collection illuminates the many processes and individuals that constitute the tourism industry. Holiday in Mexico shows tourism to be a complicated set of interactions and outcomes that reveal much about the nature of economic, social, cultural, and environmental change in Greater Mexico over the past two centuries.

Contributors. Dina Berger, Andrea Boardman, Christina Bueno, M. Bianet Castellanos, Mary K. Coffey, Lisa Pinley Covert, Barbara Kastelein, Jeffrey Pilcher, Andrew Sackett, Alex Saragoza, Eric M. Schantz, Andrew Grant Wood

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345541
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Tourism Studies and the Tourism Dilemma / Dina Berger and Andrew Grant Wood 1

The U.S.-Mexican War and the Beginnings of American Tourism in Mexico / Andrea Boardman 21

Teotihuacán: Showcase for the Centennial / Christina Bueno 54

On the Selling of Rey Momo: Early Tourism and the Marketing of Carnival in Veracruz / Andrew Grant Wood 77

Goodwill Ambassadors on Holiday: Tourism, Diplomacy, and Mexico-United States Relations / Dina Berger 107

Behind the Noir Border: Tourism, the Vice Racket, and Power Relations in Baja California's Border Zone, 1938–65 / Eric M. Schantz 130

Fun in Acapulco? The Politics of Development on the Mexican Riviera / Andrew Sackett 161

Colonial Outpost to Artists' Mecca: Conflict and Collaboration in the Development of San Miguel de Allende's Tourism Industry / Lisa Pinley Covert 183

José Cuervo and the Gentrified Worm: Food, Drink, and the Touristic Consumption of Mexico / Jeffrey M. Pilcher 221

Cancún and the Campo: Indigenous Migration and Tourism Development in the Yucatán Peninsula / M. Bianet Castellanos 241

Marketing Mexico's Great Masters: Folk Art Tourism and the Neoliberal Politics of Exhibition / Mary K. Coffey 265

Golfing in the Desert: Los Cabos and Post-PRI Tourism in Mexico / Alex M. Saragoza 295

The Beach and Beyond: Observations from a Travel Writer on Dreams, Decadence, and Defense / Barbara Kastelein 320

Conclusion: Should We Stay or Should We Go? Reflections on Tourism Past and Present / Andrew Grant Wood and Dina Berger 371

Contributors 385

Index 387

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