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Stuck with Tourism: Space, Power, and Labor in Contemporary Yucatan (Hardcover)

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Tourism has become one of the most powerful forces organizing the predatory geographies of late capitalism. It creates entangled futures of exploitation and dependence, extracting resources and labor, and eclipsing other ways of doing, living, and imagining life. And yet, tourism also creates jobs, encourages infrastructure development, and in many places inspires the only possibility of hope and well-being. Stuck with Tourism explores the ambivalent nature of tourism by drawing on ethnographic evidence from the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula, a region voraciously transformed by tourism development over the past forty years. Contrasting labor and lived experiences at the beach resorts of Cancún, protected natural enclaves along the Gulf coast, historical buildings of the colonial past, and maquilas for souvenir production in the Maya heartland, this book explores the moral, political, ecological, and everyday dilemmas that emerge when, as Yucatán’s inhabitants put it, people get stuck in tourism’s grip.

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Matilde Córdoba Azcárate is Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at the University of California, San Diego.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520344488
ISBN-10: 0520344480
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: October 20th, 2020
Pages: 316
Language: English