Tourism, Power and Culture: Anthropological Insightsby James G. Carrier (Editor), Donald V. L. Macleod (Editor)
Tourism as an experience and an industry is infused by culture in its various dimensions, and influenced throughout by relationships of power; this is particularly apparent at the destination site. Anthropological investigations give rich insights into power and culture through ethnographic fieldwork, comparative analysis and theoretical explanation. Within this timely and groundbreaking book case studies come from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Australia and South East Asia. It is divided into two sections dealing with tourism and the power struggle for resources; and tourism and culture: presentation, promotion and the manipulation of image. Chapters explore issues as diverse as terrorism, ethnicity and World Heritage Sites, and the role of the analysis of power in tourism studies. They illustrate how culture shapes tourism development, is commodified, and becomes a tool in political and economic strategies and struggles.
Power and Culture: Anthropological Insights is a valuable contribution to the expanding knowledge base concerning issues of power as they intertwine with tourism, and with its addition of culture as a level of analysis, it should be well received.
Meet the Author
Donald Macleod trained in anthropology at Oxford University and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow where he has run two research centres. He has researched in the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Scotland, and published widely on tourism impacts, cultural change, globalisation, identity, sustainable tourism development and heritage. His books include Tourism, Globalisation and Cultural Change (2004), Niche Tourism In Question (2003 - editor), Tourists and Tourism (1997 - co-editor).
James G. Carrier began studying tourism, environmental conservation and economy in Jamaica and the Caribbean in the middle of the 1990s. He has supervised or co-supervised projects dealing with these topics in Montego Bay, Negril and Port Antonio, all in Jamaica. He is currently Senior Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Indiana.
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