Festivals, Tourism and Social Change: Remaking Worlds

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David Picard, Prof. Mike Robinson
Channel View Publications, Oct 12, 2006 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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This book explores the links between tourism and festivals and the various ways in which each mobilises the other to make social realities meaningful. Drawing upon a series of international cases, festivals are examined as ways of responding to various forms of crisis - social, political, economic - and as a way of re-making and re-animating spaces and social life. Importantly, this book locates festivals in the constantly changing, socio-economic and political contexts that they always operate in and respond to - contexts that are both historical and modern at the same time. Tourism is bound closely together with such contexts; feeding and challenging festivals with audiences that are increasingly transient and transnational. Tourism interrogates notions of ritual and tradition, shapes new spaces and creates, and renews, relationships between participants and observers. No longer can we dismiss tourists simply as value neutral and crass consumers of spectacle, nor tourism as some inevitable commercial force. Tourism is increasingly complicit in the festival processes of re-invention, and in forming new patterns of social existence.


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The Contributors
Remaking Worlds Festivals Tourism and Change
La Cavalcata Sarda Performing Identities in a Contemporary Sardinian Festival
Gardening the Past and Being in the World A Popular Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in La Réunion
Becoming All Indian Gauchos Pachamama Queens and Tourists in the Remaking of an Andean Festival
The Freedom of the Slaves to Walk the Streets Celebration Spontaneity and Revelry versus Logistics at the Notting Hill Carnival
The Making of Community Identity through Historic Festive Practice The Case of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football
Creating the Rainbow Nation The National Womens Art Festival in Durban South Africa
Kyrgyzstans Manas Epos Millennium Celebrations PostColonial Resurgence of Turkic Culture and the Marketing of Cultural Tourism
The Camp Oven Festival and Australian Identity
Christmas Markets in the Tyrolean Alps Representing Regional Traditions in a Newly Created World of Christmas
The Placeless Festival Identity and Place in the PostModern Festival
Gay and Lesbian Festivals Tourism in the Change from Politics to Party
Mobility Diaspora and the Hybridisation of Festivity The Case of the Edinburgh Mela
Taking Québec City Protest Carnival and Tourism at the Summit of the Americas

Days of Radunica A Street Festival in the Croatian Town of Split
Enhancing Vitality or Compromising Integrity? Festivals Tourism and the Complexities of Performing Culture

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David Picard is an anthropologist (PhD, University of La Reunion, France) and is currently working as a research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His research interests focus on the cultural economics of international tourism, especially spaces and forms of exchange between hosts and guests. David's previous research has focused on the transformation of transnational contact zones and strategies of accommodating strangers in the post-plantation context of the island of La Réunion, Indian Ocean.

Mike Robinson is Professor of Tourism and Culture and Director of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds, UK. Mike has research interests in the way that festivals are mobilised to animate spaces and re-invigorate societies and in the ways in which tourists encounter and experience festivity within cross-cultural contexts.

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