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Tourism and the question of poverty
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
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)
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
Tourism, poverty reduction, modernization, Laos
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-50076DiVA: diva2:458984
Note
In print 2011.Available from: 2011-11-24 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2011-11-24Bibliographically approved
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1. International tourism development and poverty reduction in Lao PDR
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 2011. 84 p.
Series
GERUM, ISSN 1402-5205 ; 2011:4
Keyword
pro-poor tourism, tourism development, poverty reduction, ethnic tourism, gender, Laos
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50070 (URN)978-91-978344-8-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-12-16, Samverkanhuset, Triple Helix, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-11-25 Created: 2011-11-24 Last updated: 2011-11-24Bibliographically approved

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