Tourism and its discontents : Suri-tourist encounters in southern Ethiopia

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Tourism and its discontents : Suri-tourist encounters in southern Ethiopia

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Tourism and its discontents : Suri-tourist encounters in southern Ethiopia
Author: Abbink,J.
Journal Title: Social Anthropology
Issue: 1
Volume: 8
Start Page: 1
End Page: 17
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Issue Date: 2000
Keywords: Ethiopia
Ethiopia; social change; Suri; tourism
identity
southern ethiopia
Abstract: Encounters between foreign tourists and people of different cultural background become very common in a globalized world. The nature of this exchange in cultural terms relates questions of identity construction and the emergence or creation of difference. This article addresses tourist-'native' encounters in a semiotic perspective, which helps to reveal its essentially contested aspects. The empirical study relates to the Suri people of southern Ethiopia, a small ethnic group of agropastoralists only recently 'discovered' by tourists and displaying notable aggression towards them. Suri reject their role in the 'tourist game' of creating a realist experience of the Other, and staunchly assert their own identity and would-be equality vis-à-vis these affluent visitors
Other Identifiers: oai:ascleiden.nl:075287668:1889
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9471
 

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