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The Ethnography of Tourism


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Chapter 1: Formation - Always in Process: Edward Bruner, American Anthropology, and the Study of Tourism Chapter 2: Genealogies - On the Emergence of Identity and Borderzones as Key Concepts Chapter 3: Influence - "So in Effect I Was Studying Myself": Knowing (Our) Tourist Stories Chapter 4: Authenticity - "Whatever We Weave Is Authentic": Coproducing Authenticity in Guatemalan Tourism Textile Markets Chapter 5: The Borderzone - Living in and Reaching beyond the Touristic Borderzone: A View from Cuba Chapter 6: Constructivism - "I Can Feel Them Now, Even as I Write": Hiking Yosemite Falls with the Emergent Subjects of Tourism Chapter 7: Identity * Mobility * Embodiment - "Being a Tourist in My (Own) Home": Negotiating Identity between Tourism and Migration in Indonesia Chapter 8: The Self * Narrative * The Borderzone - Beyond Dialogue: Hospitality and the Transformation of Self in Southwestern Madagascar Chapter 9: Contested Sites * Identity * Stories - "Ideologies at War" in Chichen Itza: An Ethnography of a Tourism Destination Chapter 10. Dialogues - (I) Taking Tourism Seriously: A Conversation with Edward Bruner and (II) Reflections

About the Author

Naomi M. Leite is lecturer of social anthropology at the University of London. Quetzil E. Castaneda is senior lecturer of Latin American and Caribbean studies at Indiana University. Kathleen M. Adams is professor of anthropology at Loyola University Chicago.


"This is a state-of-the-art book on the value of ethnography in understanding the complex cultural and economic phenomenon of 21st century tourism. The approaches discussed in this collection show that tourism is not the wrecking ball of traditional culture, as was widely held to be the case in the 1960s and 1970s, and how ethnographical approaches, which are increasingly collaborative in this modern and connected world, can provide us with nuanced and even positive accounts of traditional actors as cultural strategists. The book is of multi-disciplinary interest in the arts and social sciences, not least in subjects such as business management, tourism planning, and marketing." -- Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London

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