The Culture of Tourism, the Tourism of Culture: Selling the Past to the Present in the American Southwest

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr

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The Southwest has long been one of America's dreamscapes, a place we go to relive and reinvent our past for the purposes of the present. Yet the Southwest is a real place, too, one where people live and make a living. This collection of essays looks at the ways tourism affects people and places in the Southwest and at the region's meaning on the larger stage of national life. In the first section, 'Configuring Ethnicity: The Meaning of Who You Are', Chris Wilson, Phoebe Kropp, and Rena Swentzell explicate tourist sites in Albuquerque, California's Camino Real, and Taos. Essays on 'Collecting and Belonging' include discussions of scrapbooks, souvenirs, and virtual tourism on the Internet by Marguerite Shaffer, Leah Dilworth, and Erika Bsumek. The third section, 'The Practice of Tourism', offers the perspectives of William L Bryan Jr, a leading ecotourism operator, and Susan Guyette and David White, who argue for the autonomy of native people in presenting their experience to visitors. The final section looks at how places are transformed by tourism. Sylvia Rodriguez examines the power dynamics of tourism, Char Miller chronicles the way San Antonio has become a colonial town, and volume editor Hal Rothman presents Las Vegas as a place where authenticity and inauthenticity are purposefully indistinguishable.

Author Biography

Hal Rothman is a leading scholar of tourism in the American West. He teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
List of Tables viii
List of Contributors ix
Introduction: Tourism and the Future 1(11)
Ethnic/Sexual Personas in Tricultural New Mexico 12 (26)
In Search of History and Romance on E1 Camino Real 38(28)
Anglo Artists and the Creation of Pueblo Worlds 66(6)
Playing American: The Southwestern Scrapbooks of Mildred E. Baker 72 (29)
"Handmade by an American Indian": Souvenirs and the Cultural Economy of Southwestern Tourism 101(17)

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