Translocality: discussing Culture and Change in the 21st Century location:Merida, Mexico date:3-8 May 2005
Anthropologists now take it for granted that cultures are not passive, bounded and homogeneous entities. However, these ideas still prevail in the globally circulating discourses of the tourism industry that represent and sell places and people as authentic destinations. This is paradoxical because the phenomenon of tourism itself is a global force producing local change and hybridity. Drawing on ethnographic data from Indonesia and Tanzania, this paper asks the following questions: Whose interests are served by stereotyped images of the time-frozen local(s)? What role do local people and ethnographers play in (re)producing or transforming global touristic representations of ‘the local’?