Native Tours: The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism / Edition 2

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Overview

We are all tourists in an increasingly portable world. Tourism has the potential to increase our understanding of other cultures and places. Why then do so many of us try to avoid applying the term “tourist” to our own travels, and why are tourists so often disparaged and resented in the places they visit? For decades tourism has been regarded as a trivial activity, not worthy of serious intellectual interest. In the meantime, it has become one of the largest industries in the world, transforming the places in which we live—major towns and cities or the most remote regions of the globe. Tourism is also the most intimate of all industries, bringing people of strikingly different backgrounds into close but also almost invariably transient relationships. Chambers shares many of his own travel experiences and research in this book and invites us to explore the cultural and environmental consequences of our own travels. He offers detailed case studies of tourism in the American Southwest, the Tirolean Alps, and the Caribbean nation of Belize. A unique feature of the book is Chambers’ discussion of the development of Japanese tourism as an antidote to the prevalent notion that modern tourism was solely an invention of the West.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577666264
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 346,957
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 From Travel to Tourism 1
Travel in Historical Perspective 4
The Advent of Modern Tourism 12
The Tourist as Subject 18
Case Study: Touring the American Southwest 23
2 Tourism, Society, and the Political Economy 29
Tourism and Economic Development 32
The Distribution of Economic Costs and Benefits 36
Tourism as Work 40
Tourism Policies and Plans 42
Transnational Dimensions of Tourism 45
The Politics of Representation 49
Social Consequences of Tourism 54
Tourism and Gender 59
Case Study: Tirol and Rural Tourism 63
3 Nature, Tourism, and the Environment 67
Environmental Impacts of Tourism 69
Tourism to Natural Places 73
People as Nature 79
Ecotourism 84
Case Study: Ecotourism in Belize 90
4 Tourism and Culture 93
Tradition, Authenticity, and Modernity 94
Tourism and Ethnicity 100
The Language of Tourism 104
Material Culture, Performance, and the Built Environment 110
Tourism in Place and Space 114
Tourism in Global and Local Perspective 118
Epilogue 121
References 125
Index 131
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