Anthropology | Heritage, Arch, and Tourism in Latin America
E400 | 30939 | Castaneda
This course explores the politics of heritage and identity politics in
the context of tourism development in Latin America. Since the 1980s
culture wars, heritage has increasingly become a crucial concept and
practice in the world, in part by displacing “culture” as the primary
axis for identity politics, tourism development and the imagining of
national cultures. Why? And why has Latin America been slow to this
process that was ignited in the Europe and more specifically England?
In this course we learn how different kinds of archaeological and
culture heritage have been shaped and used by nation-states and
indigenous groups. Specific questions that structure the course include:
How has archaeology and archaeological sites been used to develop both
tourism and modern national cultures?
What is the difference between cultural tourism and heritage tourism?
What is eco-tourism and how does this market segment of a global
industry relate to indigenous identity politics in Latin America?
How is Latin America effected by the shifts in mass tourism to
alternative-niche forms of tourism such as ecotourism, adventure
tourism, heritage tourism, culinary tourism?
How does travel writing, edu-tainment TV, internet, and mass media
portrayals of culture and cultural heritage stimulate tourism?
What role does ethical travel ideologies and practices have to the
politics of heritage, culture and belonging?