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Boxill, Ian
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Social and cultural Impacts of tourism in the Caribbean
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International Symposium on Tourism Development and Culture in the Pacific and the Caribbean
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February 17, 2007
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Kobe University, Japan
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67-100
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Abstract
Discusses specific social and cultural impacts of tourism in small developing Caribbean states. Drawing on published research and focusing specifically on six countries - Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica and the Caribbean Coast of Mexico - it explores how indigenous groups and the general local population are impacted by an in turn impact the tourism industry. These impacts are, invariably, consequent upon the type of tourist gaze characteristic of the resort area. The paper shows how these small states and small indigenous communities are impacted doubly by the direct effects of tourism and by globalization via tourism. It also points to ways in which communities have responded to tourism development, in particular how they have used cultural expressions to (re)assert their identities. Therefore, in one sense, the staged authencity associated with tourism has also resulted in a quest to (re)discover and assert the authentic lived reality and expressions of marginal groups and communities. The paper concludes with a comment on tourism impacts in the Caribbean.....
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