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Tourism Imaginaries

Anthropological Approaches

Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Nelson H. H. Graburn
Afterword by Naomi Leite

304 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-367-3 $95.00/£60.00 Hb Published (June 2014)

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Now, two of the pioneers of the anthropology of tourism, Noel Salazar and Nelson Graburn, present a particularly satisfying set of essays exploring the issue from the perspective of the contemporary concept of cultural 'imaginaries.’“  ·  Anthropology Review Database

This is a fine text that engages with pressing issues in the anthropology of tourism. It takes an ethnographic approach to the work of the imaginary in the tourism engagement…this volume lies at the vanguard of engagements with tourism by anthropologists and represents the best scholars in the world collectively and thoroughly engaging with the topic.”  ·  Jonathan Skinner, University of Roehampton

“…an interesting and timely collection of chapters that make an original contribution to academic debate about tourism imaginaries… A definite strength of the book is the contributions from authors from a range of countries (whose chapters are based on a wide range of locations around the world, some in Europe but most in the Developing World).”  ·  Duncan Light, Manchester Metropolitan University

It is hard to imagine tourism without the creative use of seductive, as well as restrictive, imaginaries about peoples and places. These socially shared assemblages are collaboratively produced and consumed by a diverse range of actors around the globe. As a nexus of social practices through which individuals and groups establish places and peoples as credible objects of tourism, “tourism imaginaries” have yet to be fully explored. Presenting innovative conceptual approaches, this volume advances ethnographic research methods and critical scholarship regarding tourism and the imaginaries that drive it. The various authors contribute methodologically as well as conceptually to anthropology’s grasp of the images, forces, and encounters of the contemporary world.

Noel B. Salazar is Research Professor in Anthropology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (2013–2014), chair of the IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism, and founding member of the AAA Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group.

Nelson H. H. Graburn is Professor of the Graduate School and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his books and edited volumes are: Ethnic and Tourist Arts (1976), The Anthropology of Tourism (1983), To Pray, Pay and Play: the Cultural Structure of Japanese Domestic Tourism (1983), Tourism Social Sciences (1991), Anthropology in the Age of Tourism (2009), and Tourism and Glocalization: Perspectives in East Asian Studies (2010). He is a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.


LC: G155.A1 T5919 2014

BISAC: TRV010000 TRAVEL/Essays & Travelogues; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: KNSG Tourism industry; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography



Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Toward an Anthropology of Tourism Imaginaries
Noel B. Salazar and Nelson H. H. Graburn

PART I: IMAGINARIES OF PEOPLES

Chapter 1. Toward Symmetric Treatment of Imaginaries: Nudity and Payment in Tourism to New Guinea’s “Treehouse People”
Rupert Stasch

Chapter 2. Scorn or Idealization? Tourism Imaginaries, Exoticization and Ambivalence in Emberá Indigenous Tourism
Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Chapter 3. Deriding Demand: Indigenous Imaginaries in Tourism
Alexis Celeste Bunten

Chapter 4. Myth Management in Tourism’s Imaginariums: Tales from Southwest China and Beyond
Margaret Byrne Swain

Chapter 5. Tourism Moral Imaginaries and the Making of Community
João Afonso Baptista

PART II: IMAGINARIES OF PLACES

Chapter 6. The Imaginaire Dialectic and the Refashioning of Pietrelcina
Michael A. Di Giovine

Chapter 7. Temporal Fragmentation: Cambodian Tales
Federica Ferraris

Chapter 8. The Imagined Nation: The Mystery of the Endurance of the Colonial Imaginary in Postcolonial Times
Paula Mota Santos

Chapter 9. Belize Ephemera, Affect, and Emergent Imaginaries
Kenneth Little

Chapter 10. Envisioning the Dutch Serengeti: An Exploration of Touristic Imaginings of the Wild in the Netherlands
Anke Tonnaer

Afterword: Locating Imaginaries in the Anthropology of Tourism
Naomi Leite

Notes on Contributors
Index

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