Tarzan Was An Eco-Tourist

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Overview

"An important strength of this collection is the ethnographic grounding of the chapters, which directly engage rich ethnographic understandings with Simmel's work. This book is a useful addition to the anthropological literature on travel and tourism, and it is a pleasurable adventure to read." ยท American Anthropologist

Adventure is currently enjoying enormous interest in public culture. The image of Tarzan provides a rewarding lens through which to explore this phenomenon. In their day, Edgar Rice Burrough's novels enjoyed great popularity because Tarzan represented the consummate colonial-era adventurer: a white man whose noble civility enabled him to communicate with and control savage peoples and animals. The contemporary Tarzan of movies and cartoons is in many ways just as popular, but carries different connotations. Tarzan is now the consummate "eco-tourist:" a cosmopolitan striving to live in harmony with nature, using appropriate technology, and helpful to the natives who cannot seem to solve their own problems. Tarzan is still an icon of adventure, because like all adventurers, his actions have universal qualities: doing something previously untried, revealing the previously undiscovered, and experiencing the unadulterated. Prominent anthropologists have come together in this volume to reflect on various aspects of this phenomenon and to discuss contemporary forms of adventure.

Luis Vivanco is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. His research focuses on the cultural politics of environmentalism and ecotourism in Latin America. He is author of Green Encounters: Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica (Berghahn Books, 2006).

Robert Gordon is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. He is author of numerous books and articles, including The Bushman Myth: The Making of a Namibian Underclass and Picturing Bushmen: The Denver African Expedition of 1925.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845451110
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Simmel and Frazer : the adventure and the adventurer 27
Ch. 3 Adventure in the Zeitgeist, adventures in reality : Simmel, Tarzan, and beyond 43
Ch. 4 Tarzan and the lost races : anthropology and early science fiction 58
Ch. 5 Avant-garde or savant-garde : the eco-tourist as Tarzan 75
Ch. 6 They sold adventure : Martin and Osa Johnson in the New Hebrides 93
Ch. 7 Jacare : Cold War warrior from the jungles of the Amazon 111
Ch. 8 The work of environmentalism in an age of televisual adventures 125
Ch. 9 Five miles out : communion and commodification among the mountaineers 147
Ch. 10 Crampons and cook pots : the democratization and feminizations of adventure on Aconcagua 161
Ch. 11 The toughest job you'll ever love : the Peace Corps as adventure 179
Ch. 12 Doing Africa : travelers, adventures, and American conquest of Africa 197
Ch. 13 "Oh shucks, here comes UNTAG!" : peacekeeping as adventure in Namibia 217
Ch. 14 A head for adventure 235
Ch. 15 Riding herd on the new world order : spectacular adventuring and U.S. imperialism 257
Ch. 16 Adventure and regulation in contemporary anthropological fieldwork 270
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