Tourism and the question of poverty
2011 (English)In: Real tourism: Practice, care, and politics in contemporary travel culture / [ed] C. Minca, & T. Oakes, London: Routledge , 2011, , 23 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This paper examines the practices of tourism in association with state poverty eradication and modernization strategies in Laos. Tourism is promoted vigorously in Laos as a means of developing the countryside, generating monetary income, and inducing structural shifts in local economies towards more commercial-oriented sectors. The paper argues that while tourism is having significant influence on rural social transformation, these outcomes are not always aligned with state objectives. Indeed, different development agendas promoted by different state agents at different scales and that these inevitably conflict with each other. The paper explores the reasons for this by considering the actual practices occurring in rural development program and tourism and suggesting that such practices necessitate a rethinking of the categories of behavior associated with elite ideas of ‘the tourist’ as a particular kind of subject position. The paper thus reflects on the tension between levels the state’s adoption of international narratives of nation, heritage, culture, and modernity on the one hand, and the reworking of these narratives in the actual practice of tourism in the other.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2011. , 23 p.
Tourism, poverty reduction, modernization, Laos
Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-50076DiVA: diva2:458984
In print 2011.2011-11-242011-11-242011-11-24Bibliographically approved