Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance

Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance : Imaginaries and Bucket List Venues

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Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance situates our travel imaginaries, those dream destinations on our travel bucket lists, as co-constructed by the tourist industry, state development policies, and community negotiations, and as framed by modernity's new global cultural economy. As more people travel for pleasure than ever before, host communities and intermediaries are presented with tourism opportunities that all too often become flashpoints for local contestation and mechanisms for displacement.

The ethnographically-grounded chapters describe tourist encounters shaped by geopolitics, complicated by war, and troubled by and enacted within the economic inequities of neocolonialism. The points of contact afford a unique vantage from which to view cultural identity, entrepreneurial strategizing, and natural resource management as global politics and relations of difference. They also illustrate the power of social networks, cultural display, and artistic performance as collective presentation, management apparatus, and structural critique.

Drawing on a range of international case studies, this book will appeal to those interested in tourism, anthropology, global studies, environmental issues, microeconomics, and identity studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Maps; 32 Halftones, black and white; 33 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138347868
  • 9781138347861

About Frances Julia Riemer

Frances Julia Riemer is a professor in Educational Foundations and Associate Faculty in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. Her work focuses on tourism, development, and sustainable communities, gender, equity, and access, and the culture and social organization of community, school, and workplace
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