Behind the Smile

Behind the Smile : The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism

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"Behind the Smile" is an inside look at the world of Caribbean tourism as seen through the working lives of twenty-one men and women who work in the tourist industry in Barbados. The workers come from every level of tourism, from maid to hotel manager, beach gigolo to taxi driver, red cap to diving instructor. Moving through the various sites in which "hosts" and "guests" meet - airport, hotel, beach, and tourist attractions - these highly personal accounts offer insights into complex questions surrounding tourism. The narratives touch on issues, such as how race shapes interactions between tourists and workers, how tourists may become agents of cultural change, the meaning of sexual encounters between locals and tourists, and the real economic and ecological costs of development through tourism. George Gmelch offers an engaging introduction to the history of tourism in the Caribbean and recent research on tourism, development, and cross-cultural communication. This lively book will intrigue students, scholars, and all readers interested in the social and cultural aspects of travel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 153.9 x 235.2 x 15.2mm | 367.42g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photographs
  • 025321615X
  • 9780253216151

Review quote

""The narratives are thought-provoking and Gmelch's comments areinsightful. Everyone in the tourist industry should have this book on theirshelves."" -- Anthropological Quarterlyshow more

Table of contents

1. Island Tourism; 2. Work and Encounters in Tourism; 3. The Airport; 4. The Hotel; 5. The Beach; 6. The Attractions; 7. Government and Tourism; 8. Conclusionshow more

About George Gmelch

George Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco and Union College. He has studied Irish Travellers, return migrants, commercial fishermen, Alaska natives, Caribbean villagers, tourism workers, and American professional baseball players. He is the author of eleven books, including (with Sharon Bohn Gmelch) Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley (IUP, 2011). He has written two other books on Barbados: Double Passage, which is about return migration, and The Parish behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados (with Sharon Bohn Gmelch). He has also written widely for general audiences, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Natural History.show more

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