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

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

by Erve Chambers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1577666267

ISBN-13: 9781577666264

Pub. Date: 07/21/2009

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

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,

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577666264
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1From Travel to Tourism1
Travel in Historical Perspective4
The Advent of Modern Tourism12
The Tourist as Subject18
Case Study: Touring the American Southwest23
2Tourism, Society, and the Political Economy29
Tourism and Economic Development32
The Distribution of Economic Costs and Benefits36
Tourism as Work40
Tourism Policies and Plans42
Transnational Dimensions of Tourism45
The Politics of Representation49
Social Consequences of Tourism54
Tourism and Gender59
Case Study: Tirol and Rural Tourism63
3Nature, Tourism, and the Environment67
Environmental Impacts of Tourism69
Tourism to Natural Places73
People as Nature79
Ecotourism84
Case Study: Ecotourism in Belize90
4Tourism and Culture93
Tradition, Authenticity, and Modernity94
Tourism and Ethnicity100
The Language of Tourism104
Material Culture, Performance, and the Built Environment110
Tourism in Place and Space114
Tourism in Global and Local Perspective118
Epilogue121
References125
Index131

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