Women as Producers and Consumers of Tourism in Developing Regions

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Overview

Tourism has become the world's largest industry, according to the World Tourism Organization; no surprise when one considers that it incorporates the world's oldest profession. In some developing regions, such as the Caribbean or the South Pacific, tourism is the primary sector in which significant economic growth takes place. In other regions, including areas of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and formerly communist eastern Europe, tourism is just beginning to take off. In all of these areas, tourisM's impact has been decidedly mixed. Nowhere is this more visible than in the context of women's roles in tourism. The contributors demonstrate the many ways in which gender determines the roles they play as both tourists and providers of tourism as product and service. A valuable contribution to tourism studies, women's studies, and the literature of economic development.

The premises of this unique collection of research are that women's roles in tourism are gendered, just as are their other roles in gendered societies; that tourism affects women differently than it affects men; and that women themselves are affected in different ways by tourism depending on such factors as race, region, and class (leisured consumer vs. working producer, or guest vs. host). The contributors cover theoretical perspectives, including those provided by feminists and economic development analysts; women's roles in tourism in the mature industries of the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific; women's roles in the less-developed tourist destinations of the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and eastern Europe; and implications for the future of economic development policy and of gender relations in tourism.

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Cross-fertilizing concerns about the role of tourism in economic development with those about the impact of development on women, researchers in tourism, anthropology, and geography explore perspectives on gender, tourism, and development. They consider women in the mature tourist destinations of the British Virgin Island, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific; and in the less developed tourist destinations of the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and eastern Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963972
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

YORGHOS APOSTOLOPOULOS is Research Associate Professor of Sociology, Arizona State University.

SEVIL SONMEZ is Assistant Professor of Tourism Management, Arizona State University.

DALLEN J. TIMOTHY is Assistant Professor of Tourism Studies, Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Perspectives on Gender, Tourism, and Development
1 Working Producers, Leisured Consumers: Women's Experiences in Developing Regions 3
2 Gender in Tourism: Theoretical Perspectives 19
Pt. II Women in the Mature Tourist Destinations
3 Island Is a Woman: Women as Producers and Products in British Virgin Islands Tourism 47
4 Destabilizing "Maturity": Women as Producers of Tourism in Southeast Asia 73
5 Power, Women, and Tourism Development in the South Pacific 93
Pt. III Women in the Less Developed Tourist Destinations
6 Tourism Behind the Veil of Islam: Women and Development in the Middle East 113
7 Gender, Tourism, and Development in Latin America 143
8 The Forgotten Giant: Women's Role in Africa's Delayed Tourism Development 167
9 From the "Iron Curtain" to the "Dollar Curtain": Women and Tourism in Eastern Europe 191
Pt. IV Women and Tourism: New Directions
10 Women and Mountain Tourism: Redefining the Boundaries of Policy and Practice 211
11 Gender Relations in Tourism: Revisiting Patriarchy and Underdevelopment 235
Index 249
About the Editors and Contributors 257
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