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By Jenny T. Chio

ISBN-10: 0295993669

ISBN-13: 9780295993669

Whereas the variety of household rest tourists has elevated dramatically in reform-era China, the chronic hole among city and rural residing criteria attests to ongoing social, monetary, and political inequalities. The country has commonly touted tourism for its strength to deliver wealth and modernity to rural ethnic minority groups, however the rules underlying the advance of tourism imprecise a few advanced realities. In tourism, finally, one person’s rest is one other person’s labor.

A panorama of Travel investigates the contested meanings and unintentional results of tourism for these humans whose lives and livelihoods are such a lot at stake in China’s rural ethnic tourism undefined: the citizens of village locations. Drawing on ethnographic examine carried out in Ping’an (a Zhuang village in Guangxi) and top Jidao (a Miao village in Guizhou), Jenny Chio analyzes the myriad demanding situations and probabilities faced by way of villagers who're known as upon to do the paintings of tourism. She addresses the moving importance of migration and rural mobility, the visible politics of vacationer images, and the consequences of touristic wishes for “exotic distinction” on village social family members. during this manner, Chio illuminates the modern regimes of work and relaxation and the altering mind's eye of what it capability to be rural, ethnic, and smooth in China at the present time.

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While practices of seeing are deeply rooted in tourism and the commonplace activity of sightseeing (Adler 1989 and Urry 2002b [1990]) reflects “modern ocularcentrism” (Jay 1988) precisely because of the value placed on “seeing it for yourself,” the labor 15 16 | Introduction involved in creating a sight to be seen often goes unnoticed. 15 However, an even more significant aspect of the politics of appearance in tourism development is the work, discursive and material, involved in creating representative landscapes, experiences, and appearances for tourism.

To negotiate between actuality and potentiality thus places emphasis on analyzing landscape as “a means of conceptual ordering that stresses relations . . acting so as to encompass rather than exclude” (Tilley 1994, 34) and makes it possible to recognize the structural forces at work in a phenomenon such as tourism and the spaces for agency and subject formation within these conditions. 8 He contends that “these [scapes] are not objectively given relations that look the same from every angle of vision but, rather, that they are deeply perspectival constructs, inflected by the historical, linguistic, and political situatedness of different sorts of actors” (Appadurai 1996, 33).

Researchers working in the Ethnic Classification project drew upon Stalin’s 1913 four “common criteria” for the identification of nations—​ namely, a common language, a common territory, a common mode of economic production, and a common culture or psychological makeup (Gladney 1996, 66–​67; Mullaney 2004b, 200; and Schein 2000, 83)—​in order to identify groups and assign each group to a notched rank on a scale of human social development.

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