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African Hosts and their Guests : Cultural Dynamics of Tourism - Walter Van Beek

African Hosts and their Guests

Cultural Dynamics of Tourism


Published: 20th September 2012
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Tourism is important for Africa: international tourist arrivals to Africa continue to grow, income from tourism is crucial to national economies, and tourism investments are considered among the most profitable. This edited volume deals with the interaction of local communities with tourists coming into their areas and villages. Based upon a common theoretical approach, fourteen cases of African tourism are discussed which involve direct contact between 'hosts' and 'guests'. The viewpoint throughout is from the side of the locals, establishing how the processes of interaction shape each small scale destination. Crucial in Africa is the fact that the large majority of tourism is game oriented and the interaction between locals and visitors is very much 'tainted' by this fact. Central is the notion of the tourist bubble - the infrastructure that is generated locally (and internationally) for hosting tourists, as it is this institutional interface that tends to impact on the local society and culture, not the tourists themselves directly. The examples come from all over Africa, from the Sahara to the Eastern Cape, and from Kenya to Ghana. All contributions are based upon original fieldwork. Walter van Beek is professor of anthropology at Tilburg University and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden; Annette Schmidt is curator of the African department at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, and is an archaeologist with a long experience in cultural management projects.

Highly recommended. AFRICA AFFAIRS A welcome addition to the growing field of tourism research in Africa (which will) provide insights for policy-makers to further consider the benefit-sharing formulas in host-guest relations in Africa, especially when aiming for poverty reduction by utilising the tourism industry as a tool. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM This collection of insightful essays on tourism in Africa makes a major contribution to the literature. . Highly recommended. CHOICE

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
African dynamics of cultural tourismp. 1
Culture, Identity & Tourism
To dance or not to dance: Dogon masks as a tourist arenap. 37
Semiotics & the political economy of tourism in the Saharap. 58
'How much for Kunta Kinte?!': Sites of memory & diasporan encounters in West Africap. 75
Imitating heritage tourism: A virtual tour of Sekhukhuneland, South Africap. 103
At the Fringe of the Parks
Hosts & guests: Stereotypes & myths of international tourism in the Okavango Delta, Botswanap. 117
Kom 'n bietjie kuier: Kalahari dreaming with the ≠ Khomani Sanp. 137
Treesleeper Camp: A case study of community tourism in Tsintsabis, Namibiap. 153
'The lion has become a cow': The Maasai hunting paradoxp. 176
The organization of hypocrisy? Juxtaposing tourists & farm dwellers in game farming in South Africap. 201
Intensive Contact
Backpacking in Africap. 225
'I'm not a tourist. I'm a volunteer': Tourism, development & international volunteerism in Ghanap. 239
Becoming 'real African kings & queens': Chieftaincy, culture & tourism in Ghanap. 256
Sex trade & tourism in Kenya: Close encounters between the hosts & the hostedp. 273
Host-guest encounters in a Gambian 'love' bubblep. 290
Afterword Trouble in the bubble: Comparing African tourism with the Andes trailp. 316
Notes on Contributorsp. 324
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781847010490
ISBN-10: 1847010490
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th September 2012
Publisher: James Currey
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 18.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.92