Tourism, Diasporas and Space (Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility Series) / Edition 1

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Diasporas result from the scattering of populations and cultures across geographical space and time. Transnational in nature and unbounded by space, they cut across the static, territorial boundaries more usually deployed to govern tourism. In a vibrant inter-disciplinary collection of essays from leading scholars in the field, this book introduces the main features and constructs of diasporas, and explores their implications for the consumption, production and practices of tourism. Three sets of mutually reinforcing relationships are explored:

  • experiences of diaspora tourists
  • the settings and spaces of diaspora tourism
  • the production of diaspora tourism.

Addressing the relationship between diasporic groups and tourism from both a consumer and producer perspective, examples are drawn from a wide spectrum of diasporic groups including the Chinese, Jewish, Southeast Asian, Croatian, Dutch and Welsh.

Until now, there has been no systematic and detailed treatment of the relationships between diasporas, their consumptions and the tourist experience. However, here, Coles and Timothy provide a unique navigation of the nature of these inter-connections which is ideal for students of tourism, sociology, cultural studies.

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1. 'My Field is the World': Connecting Tourism, Diaspora and Space Part 1: Diasporic Experiences of Tourism 2. Tourism and Third Space Populations: The Restless Motion of Diaspora Peoples 3. Conceptualizing Return Visits: A Transnational Perspective 4. Tourism, Racism and the UK Afro-Caribbean Diaspora 5. Linking Diasporas and Tourism: Transnational Mobilities of Pacific Islanders Resident in New Zealand 6. Jewish Past as a 'Foreign Country': The Travel Experiences of American Jews 7. American Children of the African Diaspora: Journeys to the Motherland 8. Preparation, Simulation and the Creation of Community: Exodus and the Case of Diaspora Education Tourism 9. 'To Stand in the Shoes of my Ancestors': Tourism and Genealogy Part 2: Settings and Spaces for Diaspora Tourism 10. The 'Isle Of Home' Is Always on Your Mind: Subjectivity and Space at Ellis Island Immigration Museum 11. The Culture of Tourism in the Diaspora: The Case of the Vietnamese Community in Australia 12. Mobilizing Hrvatsko: Tourism and Politics in the Croatian Diaspora 13. Sojourners, Gangxi and Clan Associations: Social Capital and Overseas Chinese Tourism to China Part 3: Mobilising Diasporas for Tourism 14. Diaspora, Cultural Capital and the Production of Tourism: Lessons from Enticing Jewish-Americans to Germany 15. Mae'n Bryd I Ddod Adref - It's Time to Come Home. Exploring the Contested Emotional Geographies of Wales 16. India and the Ambivalences of Diaspora Tourism 17. Reinventing Tulip Time: Evolving Diasporic Dutch Heritage Celebration in Holland (Michigan) 18. Selling Diaspora: Producing and Segmenting the Jewish Diaspora Tourism Market 19. Tourism and Diasporas: Current Issues and Future Opportunities
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