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Tourism and the Commodification of Local Communities: Impacts and Relationships
Tourism and the commodification of local communities: Impacts and relationships
Changing Perspectives on Tourism Impacts

In the previous chapters we explored the tourism industry and the dimensions of tourist cultures. Both are characterized by increasingly engineered experiences and global developments, which have stretched the production and consumption circuits of Western society into developing economies. The cultures of tourism have become more economically oriented, while at the same time more goods and services are deliberately produced as ‘cultural’, that is they are designed with a ‘specific set of meanings and associations’ in mind (Meethan 2001: 118). We have discussed this broadly, and more specifically in terms of tourism, as the experience economy (Chapter 2). The cultural capital associated ...

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