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Tourism is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary life. More of us travel for pleasure than ever before, yet the social scientific literature on tourism is relatively scant. This book provides an original contribution to the field of tourist studies. The contributors to International Tourism reconceptualize the local and the global, avoiding such crude oppositions as centre v periphery, modern v traditional, macro v micro and North v South. Instead, they demonstrate that the local cannot be understood without the global, and that the global can never be isolated from the regional setting within which it operates. Providing new insights into theories of touristic practice, this volume place
Chapter 13: The Ethnographer/Tourist in Indonesia
The Ethnographer/Tourist in Indonesia
We have problematized the identity of the native peoples who become the object of the tourist gaze, caught as they are in the paradoxical predicament of encouraging tourism as a route to economic development but realizing at the same time that tourists want to see undeveloped primitive peoples. The more modern the locals become the less interest they have for the occidental tourist. Tourists come from the outside to see the exotic; from the inside, tourism is viewed as modernization. Tourism thrives on difference; why should the tourist travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to view a Third World culture essentially similar to their own? This necessity for primitiveness may lead the indigenous people ...