The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning Latin American Nations and Histories

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  • Copyright: 8/30/2010
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

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In recent decades, several Latin American nations have experienced political transitions that have caused a decline in tourism. In spite of--or even because of--that history, these areas are again becoming popular destinations. This work reveals that in post-conflict nations, tourism often takes up where social transformation leaves off and sometimes benefits from formerly off-limits status. Comparing cases in Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, Babb shows how tourism is a major force in remaking transitional nations. While tourism touts scenic beauty and colonial charm, it also capitalizes on the desire for a brush with recent revolutionary history. In the process, selective histories are promoted and nations remade. This work presents the diverse stories of those linked to the trade and reveals how interpretations of the past and desires for the future coincide and collide in the global marketplace of tourism.

Author Biography

Florence E. Babb is Vada Allen Yeomans Professor of Women's Studies and Affiliate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. She authored After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua (2001) and Between Field and Cooking Pot: The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru, Revised Edition (1998).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction The Tourism Encounterp. 1
Postrevolutionary Tourism in Cuba and Nicaragua
Che, Chevys, and Hemingway's Daiquiris: Cuban Tourism in Transitionp. 19
Recycled Sandalistas: From Revolution to Resorts in the New Nicaraguap. 40
Cultural Tourism in Postconflict Andean Peru and Chiapas, Mexico
Forgetting the Past: Andean Cultural Tourism After the Violencep. 67
Remembering the Revolution: Indigenous Culture and Zapatista Tourismp. 92
Tourism and Its Discontents: Gender, Race, and Power in Transitional Societies
Sex and Sentiment in Cuban and Nicaraguan Tourismp. 123
Race, Gender, and Cultural Tourism in Andean Peru and Chiapas, Mexicop. 153
Conclusion: Posttourism and Nationhoodp. 175
Notesp. 195
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 231
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