Regional Development Policy and Regional Inequality
Tourism is a complicated business, particularly if you are a villager in a poor, rural minority area of China. Jenny Chio's recent work focuses on the nuanced social impact of tourism, refreshingly adopting a “backstage” point of view from which to examine rural tourism. As leaders of minority villages tussle with officials, tourists and even each other in an attempt to get “doing tourism” right, Chio focuses on the effects this has on culture, power, identity and ethnicities. Chio utilizes to good effect the lenses of scene and visuality (the need to look appropriate to a tourist), as well as movement and mobility, to analyse dilemmas confronting rural residents. The result is a satisfyingly insightful and convincing account of the stunningly complex landscape of tourism in rural China.
Asian Studies | Public Policy | Regional Sociology
Handbook of the Politics of China
Goodman, David S. G.
City or Country
DONALDSON, John A.. (2015). Regional Development Policy and Regional Inequality. In Handbook of the Politics of China (pp. 197-204). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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