Jose Oscar Barrera Nunez
Anthropological approaches to tourism. Debates about cultural encounters and cultural change, authenticity, economic development, social inequalities, identity, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and cultural representation. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course.
In this course, we go beyond the dichotomies that reduce tourism and its social relations to binary oppositions of hosts versus guests. We will undertake a more complex approach that has not been extensively explored in the literature of anthropology of tourism. By looking at various cases in the world, we will give special attention to the invention, production, and consumption of the categories “tourists” and “indigenous peoples.” We will examine various discourses that come from the tourism industry, the state, anthropology, tourists, and indigenous peoples themselves.
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