Title

Regional Development Policy and Regional Inequality

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-2015

Abstract

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.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Public Policy | Regional Sociology

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Handbook of the Politics of China

Editor

Goodman, David S. G.

First Page

197

Last Page

204

ISBN

9781782544364

Publisher

Edward Elgar

City or Country

Cheltenham

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781782544364