Front and Back Stage of Tourism Performance situates our travel imaginaries, those dream destinations on our travel bucket lists, as co-constructed by the tourist industry, state development policies, and community negotiations, and as framed by modernity’s new global cultural economy. As more people travel for pleasure than ever before, host communities and intermediaries are presented with tourism opportunities that all too often become flashpoints for local contestation and mechanisms for displacement.

The ethnographically-grounded chapters describe tourist encounters shaped by geopolitics, complicated by war, and troubled by and enacted within the economic inequities of neocolonialism. The points of contact afford a unique vantage from which to view cultural identity, entrepreneurial strategizing, and natural resource management as global politics and relations of difference. They also illustrate the power of social networks, cultural display, and artistic performance as collective presentation, management apparatus, and structural critique.

Drawing on a range of international case studies, this book will appeal to those interested in tourism, anthropology, global studies, environmental issues, microeconomics, and identity studies.

chapter |11 pages


ByFrances Julia Riemer

part 1|34 pages

Managing Tourism during War Time

chapter 1|14 pages

Loose lips can sink tourism

True lies and evasion during Nepal’s Maoist insurgency
BySharon J. Hepburn

chapter 2|18 pages

From tourism to terrorism

Timbuktu and the traffic in global imaginaries
ByAngela Montague

part 2|38 pages

Staging Tourism as Identity Performance and Structural Critique

chapter 3|15 pages

The presentation of collective self in touristic life

Dancing and painting for touristic consumption in highland Ecuador
ByJoe Quick

chapter 4|21 pages

Violence as tourist spectacle in eastern Indonesia

Exploring the imaginaries of pain, identity, and power in Manggaraian tourism encounters
ByMaribeth Erb

part 3|46 pages

Mediating Tourism Transactions and Neoliberal Logics

chapter 5|21 pages

Waah Taj! 1

Mediating Agra’s heritage and local tourism economy
ByRiddhi Bhandari

chapter 6|23 pages

Seeing Fez

ByJesse Dizard

part 4|38 pages

Imagining Tourism and the Production of Place

chapter 7|20 pages

The Tulum Mayan ruins

A place for foreigners
ByMaria Lauridsen Jensen

chapter 8|16 pages

Tropicality, purified spaces, and the colonial gaze

Exclusionary policies in cruise tourism and its impact on the Caribbean
ByMatthew Nelson

part 5|39 pages

Hosting Sustainable Tourism and Global Geopolitics

chapter 9|15 pages

Setting the tourism landscape

Ethnic tensions and economic development on a small island in Mexico
ByBrandon Melecio Fischer, Todd Pierce

chapter 10|22 pages

Elephants are coming

Safaris, community, and Botswana’s hunting ban
ByFrances Julia Riemer, Kgosietsile Velempini, Tonic Maruatona