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Resplendent Sites, Discordant Voices : Sri Lankans and International Tourism - Malcolm Crick

Resplendent Sites, Discordant Voices

Sri Lankans and International Tourism

Hardcover Published: 7th October 1994
ISBN: 9783718655649
Number Of Pages: 248

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Resplendent Sites, Discordant Voices is a detailed examination of the development of international tourism in Sri Lanka, from the mid 1960s to the present day. It portrays a highly complex industry on a number of different levels and from a diversity of viewpoints. Its focus shifts from global and comparative concerns to the political, economic and cultural context of national policy formation, then to the regional story of tourism growth in Kandy, and finally to the roles and relationships which exist in the so-called 'informal sector', that large arena of somewhat 'shady' activities beyond the control of national tourism authorities which characterises this industry throughout the Third World. The rhetoric of the industry image-makers is studied, but how tourism is perceived is also presented from the perspective of a range of other social groups, such as those running unlicensed guesthouses, municipal officials, the younger generation about to leave school, and individuals trying to make a living from their encounters with foreigners on the streets of Kandy. From these portraits, international tourism in Sri Lanka emerges as an arena of conflicting, ambivalent and ambiguous voices. This study will be of great value to Sri Lanka specialists, Asianists in general, social scientists with interests in the contemporary Third World, and above all to those interested in the growing field of the anthropology of tourism.

List of illustrations
Anthropology and the study of tourism: theoretical and personal reflectionsp. 1
Areas of convergencep. 2
Research foci and methodsp. 12
The structure of the bookp. 16
An ethical notep. 17
The development of international tourism in Sri Lanka: an economic, social and political portraitp. 21
A political and economic frameworkp. 23
A story of growth: 1966-82p. 37
The economic balance sheetp. 49
Cultural 'pollution'p. 55
Neo-colonialismp. 63
Tourism in Kandy: a historical and contemporary portraitp. 69
The city and its environs - past and presentp. 69
Kandy as a tourist sitep. 77
Modern tourism growth in Kandyp. 86
Socio-economic perceptionsp. 93
The events of 1982p. 101
Images and representations of tourism in Kandy - a study of different viewpointsp. 113
Touristic imagesp. 116
The view from the Town Hallp. 122
The view from the schoolsp. 130
The view from the streetsp. 138
Roles, relationships and representations in the informal sector: street guides and unlicensed guesthouses in Kandyp. 159
The informal tourism sectorp. 159
The unlicensed guesthousesp. 165
The street guidesp. 177
Street guides, shopkeepers and guesthouse proprietors: transactions and conflictsp. 185
Life in the informal sector: concluding thoughtsp. 191
Tourism in troubled times: 1982 to the presentp. 193
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 227
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9783718655649
ISBN-10: 3718655640
Series: Choreography and Dance Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 7th October 1994
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1