It is hard to imagine tourism without the creative use of seductive, as well as restrictive, imaginaries about peoples and places. These socially shared assemblages are collaboratively produced and consumed by a diverse range of actors around the globe. As a nexus of social practices through which individuals and groups establish places and peoples as credible objects of tourism, « tourism imaginaries » have yet to be fully explored. Presenting innovative conceptual approaches, this volume advances ethnographic research methods and critical scholarship regarding tourism and the imaginaries that drive it. The various authors contribute methodologically as well as conceptually to anthropology’s grasp of the images, forces, and encounters of the contemporary world.

EXTRA Editors Noel Salazar and Nelson H. H. Graburn give a glimpse into their work with the volume, their histories with the topic, and where they themselves like to « play tourist. »


Introduction : Toward an Anthropology of Tourism Imaginaries Noel B. Salazar and Nelson H. H. Graburn


Chapter 1. Toward Symmetric Treatment of Imaginaries: Nudity and Payment in Tourism to New Guinea’s « Treehouse People » Rupert Stasch

Chapter 2. Scorn or Idealization? Tourism Imaginaries, Exoticization and Ambivalence in Emberá Indigenous Tourism Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

Chapter 3. Deriding Demand: Indigenous Imaginaries in Tourism Alexis Celeste Bunten

Chapter 4. Myth Management in Tourism’s Imaginariums: Tales from Southwest China and Beyond Margaret Byrne Swain

Chapter 5. Tourism Moral Imaginaries and the Making of Community João Afonso Baptista


Chapter 6. The Imaginaire Dialectic and the Refashioning of Pietrelcina Michael A. Di Giovine

Chapter 7. Temporal Fragmentation: Cambodian Tales Federica Ferraris

Chapter 8. The Imagined Nation: The Mystery of the Endurance of the Colonial Imaginary in Postcolonial Times Paula Mota Santos

Chapter 9. Belize Ephemera, Affect, and Emergent Imaginaries Kenneth Little

Chapter 10. Envisioning the Dutch Serengeti: An Exploration of Touristic Imaginings of the Wild in the Netherlands Anke Tonnaer Afterword: Locating Imaginaries in the Anthropology of Tourism Naomi Leite


Edited by Noel B. Salazar and Nelson H. H. Graburn Afterword by Naomi Leite 304 pages, 20 illus., bibliog.,

index ISBN 978-1-78238-367-3 Hb Published (June 2014)

eISBN 978-1-78238-368-0 eBook Published

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