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Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

by Noel B. Salazar


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As tourism service standards become more homogeneous, travel destinations worldwide are conforming yet still trying to maintain, or even increase, their distinctiveness. Based on more than two years of fieldwork in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Arusha, Tanzania, this book offers an in-depth investigation of the local-to-global dynamics of contemporary tourism. Each destination offers examples that illustrate how tour guide narratives and practices are informed by widely circulating imaginaries of the past as well as personal imaginings of the future.

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ISBN-13: 9780857459039
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: New Directions in Anthropology , #31
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Noel B. Salazar received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is Research Professor in Anthropology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include anthropologies of mobility and travel, the local–global nexus, discourses and imaginaries of Otherness, culture contacts, heritage, and cosmopolitanism.

Table of Contents

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Foreword: Circulating Culture

by Edward Bruner




Chapter 1. Preparing a Roadmap

Chapter 2. Two Destinations, One Destiny

Chapter 3. 'Seducation'

Chapter 4. Imaging and Imagining Other Worlds

Chapter 5. Guiding Roles and Rules

Chapter 6. Fantasy Meets Reality

Chapter 7. Coming Home



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