A Landscape of Travel
304 pages, 6 x 9
26 illustrations, 1 map
Paperback
Release Date:01 May 2014
ISBN:9780295993669
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A Landscape of Travel

The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China

University of Washington Press
A Landscape of Travel investigates the contested meanings and unintended consequences of tourism for those people whose lives and livelihoods are most at stake in China’s rural ethnic tourism industry: the residents of village destinations. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in Ping’an (a Zhuang village in Guangxi) and Upper Jidao (a Miao village in Guizhou), Jenny Chio analyzes the myriad challenges and possibilities confronted by villagers who are called upon to do the work of tourism. She addresses the shifting significance of migration and rural mobility, the visual politics of tourist photography, and the effects of touristic desires for “exotic difference” on village social relations.
RELATED TOPICS: Anthropology, Asian Studies
Jenny Chio is an assistant professor of anthropology and associated faculty in film and media studies at Emory University.
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