The Culture of Tourism, the Tourism of Culture: Selling the Past to the Present in the American Southwest

The Culture of Tourism, the Tourism of Culture: Selling the Past to the Present in the American Southwest

by Hal K. Rothman, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826329284

ISBN-13: 9780826329288

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

The Southwest has long been one of America's dreamscapes, a place we go to relive and reinvent our past for the purposes of the present. Yet the Southwest is a real place, too, one where people live and make a living. This collection of essays looks at the ways tourism affects people and places in the Southwest and at the region's meaning on the larger stage of

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The Southwest has long been one of America's dreamscapes, a place we go to relive and reinvent our past for the purposes of the present. Yet the Southwest is a real place, too, one where people live and make a living. This collection of essays looks at the ways tourism affects people and places in the Southwest and at the region's meaning on the larger stage of national life.

In the first section, "Configuring Ethnicity: The Meaning of Who You Are," Chris Wilson, Phoebe Kropp, and Rena Swentzell explicate tourist sites in Albuquerque, California's Camino Real, and Taos. Essays on "Collecting and Belonging" include discussions of scrapbooks, souvenirs, and virtual tourism on the Internet by Marguerite Shaffer, Leah Dilworth, and Erika Bsumek. The third section, "The Practice of Tourism," offers the perspectives of William L. Bryan, Jr., a leading ecotourism operator, and Susan Guyette and David White, who argue for the autonomy of native people in presenting their experience to visitors. The final section looks at how places are transformed by tourism. Sylvia Rodriguez examines the power dynamics of tourism, Char Miller chronicles the way San Antonio has become a colonial town, and volume editor Hal Rothman presents Las Vegas as a place where authenticity and inauthenticity are purposefully indistinguishable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826329288
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction: Tourism and the Future1
Ethnic/Sexual Personas in Tricultural New Mexico12
In Search of History and Romance on El Camino Real38
Anglo Artists and the Creation of Pueblo Worlds66
Playing American: The Southwestern Scrapbooks of Mildred E. Baker72
"Handmade by an American Indian": Souvenirs and the Cultural Economy of Southwestern Tourism101
Exchanging Places: Virtual Tourism, Vicarious Travel, and the Consumption of Southwestern Indian Artifacts118
Appropriate Cultural Tourism - Can It Exist? Searching for an Answer: Three Arizona Case Studies140
Reducing the Impacts of Tourism through Cross-Cultural Planning164
Tourism, Difference, and Power in the Borderlands185
Tourist Trap: Visitors and the Modern San Antonio Economy206
Cultural Tourism and the Future: What the New Las Vegas Tells Us about Ourselves229
Index245

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