Tourism, Ethnicity and the State in Asian and Pacific Societies

Tourism, Ethnicity and the State in Asian and Pacific Societies

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The expansion of international tourism is changing the relationship between ethnic groups and states around the globe. Yet tourism's importance for the understanding of ethnicity in the modern world has been generally neglected within the field of ethnic studies. This pioneering volume investigates how international tourism development, state policies of ethnic management, and the active responses of local ethnic groups intersect to reshape ethnic identities and ethnic relations in Asian and Pacific societies. It analyzes the ways in which the very meaning of ethnicity and culture are being contested and reworked in the wake of tourism's impact. Following an introduction that explores the close but often ambivalent relationship between tourism promotion and state ethnic policies, individual contributors examine tourism's varied effects in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the island Pacific in rich ethnographic detail.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 230.12 x 20.57mm | 426.38g
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • English
  • maps, illustrations
  • 082481911X
  • 9780824819118
  • 2,865,052

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"A welcome addition to the growing literature [on the anthropology of tourism].... A rich collection... What makes [it] all the more valuable is that it is a collection analytically tied around a highly significant problem--the connections between tourism and ethnicity and, in particular, the ways in which the State mediates such links."
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