Behind the Smile: The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism
Behind the Smile is an inside look at the world of Caribbean tourism as seen through the lives of the men and women in the tourist industry in Barbados. The workers represent every level of tourism, from maid to hotel manager, beach gigolo to taxi driver, red cap to diving instructor. These highly personal accounts offer insight into complex questions about tourism: how race shapes interactions between tourists and workers, how tourists may become agents of cultural change, the meaning of sexual encounters between locals and tourists, and the real economic and ecological costs of development through tourism. This updated edition includes several new narratives and a new chapter about American students' experiences during summer school and home stays in Barbados.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - acwbooks - LibraryThing
Readable & fascinating. A behind-the-scenes look at the subtle & blatent realities of tourism as experienced by the people who work in the tourism industry. In the Caribbean, this prominently includes issues of race, class, & nationality. Read full review
Behind the smile: the working lives of Caribbean tourismUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Building on his experience writing about Caribbean migrants and Barbados history and culture, Union College anthropology professor Gmelch presents an intriguing, but ultimately cursory, look at the ... Read full review