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Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

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Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond
Noel B. Salazar
Berghahn Books, November 2010
(Vol. 31, New Directions in Anthropology)

As tourism service standards become more homogeneous, travel destinations worldwide are conforming yet still trying to maintain, or even increase, their distinctiveness. Based on more than two years of fieldwork in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Arusha, Tanzania, this book offers an in-depth investigation of the local-to-global dynamics of contemporary tourism. Each destination offers examples that illustrate how tour guide narratives and practices are informed by widely circulating imaginaries of the past as well as personal imaginings of the future.

Table of Contents
Foreword: Circulating Culture (by Prof. Em. Edward M. Bruner)
Chapter 1. Preparing a Roadmap
Chapter 2. Two Destinations, One Destiny
Chapter 3. ‘Seducation’
Chapter 4. Imaging and Imagining Other Worlds
Chapter 5. Guiding Roles and Rules
Chapter 6. Fantasy Meets Reality
Chapter 7. Coming Home

"Noel Salazar's contribution to understanding globalization and localization processes is informed and persuasive, using tourism-the phenomenon which has turned our world into a global village-to illuminate, par excellence, the resulting intersects, overlaps, and especially clashes now dominating our shared history."
Jafar Jafari, Founding Editor, Annals of Tourism Research

"I am very impressed with this book. It is the best ethnography of tour guide training and performance to date. Indeed its probing analyses and its many comments make a great contribution to our understanding of contemporary international and intercultural tourism. It is very well written and superbly referenced."
Nelson Graburn, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"This is a lively and enjoyable book based on rigorous research which highlights the power and persuasiveness of international tourism while, at the same time, critically, it reminds us that tourism is ultimately about people and their stories."
Mike Robinson, Director, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change

"This book is the reference for tourism imaginaries academia was waiting for. Based on excellent ethnographic work that disentangles 'glocal' issues, it demonstrates that globalization divides the planet as much as bringing it together. Tourism and the encounters it generates are pertinently analyzed as central pieces of the new anthropology of glocalization."
Maria Gravari-Barbas, Director IREST, UNESCO Chair: Culture-Tourism-Development

"...a clear, well-organized interesting piece of original research on two exceptionally interesting and productively comparable destinations. It is well placed within the tourism studies literature."
Sally Ann Ness, Professor, University of California, Riverside

Noel B. Salazar received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include anthropologies of (im)mobility and travel, the local–global nexus, discourses and imaginaries of Otherness, culture contacts, heritage, and cosmopolitanism.

Noel B. Salazar
Cultural Mobilities Research (CuMoRe)
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Leuven
Parkstraat 45, bus 3615
BE-3000 Leuven, Belgium

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  • I live in Southern California, where tourism is hugely important. For example, I live 10 minutes from Disneyland, where many of my students work and where the nightly fireworks displays contribute to noise and air pollution. My current hometown of Huntington Beach was locked in a legal battle with the city of Santa Cruz, where my daughter attends UC, over which city could legally call itself "Surf City" - both being highly dependent on tourism revenues that could be impacted. I am currently involved with Pacific Islanders living here on the mainland, whose experiences are very much a by-product of the push and pull of tourism. My research area in Kenya, East Africa, is variably affected by tourism, which has in some years been the country's major foreign exchange earner. The pastoral communities I worked with were the Orma, whose grazing lands had been taken over for game parks and whose populace was struggling with the issue of "poaching," and the Somali, who were also embroiled in the poaching issue and many of whom who were urbanized and involved in the tourist trade in various ways (drivers, tour guides, craft and trophy sales, sex work.) Now that I've introduced myself, I shall have to carefully read the bios of the other two members of this group. Do either of you two have any short-term or long-term goals for this group?
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