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Jose Oscar Barrera Nunez
ANTH 362
Seattle Campus

Anthropology of Tourism

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.

Class description

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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jose Oscar Barrera Nunez
Date: 04/22/2003