Bookshelf Spotlight: Politics and Complexities of Tourism

Featured Books

* Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia
* Sex, Money and Morality: Prostitution and Tourism in Southeast Asia
* The Anxieties of Mobility: Migration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands
* Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions
* Travels In The Skin Trade: Tourism and the Sex Industry

Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia


by Michael Hitchcock, Victor T. King (Editor), Michael Parnwell (Editor)
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010

This book examines heritage tourism across the Southeast Asian region from different disciplinary perspectives. With material that is new and topical, it makes an important contribution to the fields of tourism studies, cultural studies, development and planning studies, and beyond. Set against a backdrop of the demands, motivations and impacts of heritage tourism, the volume focuses on disputes and conflicts over what heritage is, what it means, and how it has been presented, re-presented, developed and protected. It examines the actors involved in encounters and contestation, drawing in issues of identity construction and negotiation, and requiring the contextualization of heritage in national and global processes of identity formation and transformation. Among the questions touched upon are the ownership of heritage, its appropriate use, access to it versus conservation needs, heritage as a commodity, as entertainment and as an educational medium.

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Sex, Money and Morality: Prostitution and Tourism in Southeast Asia


by Thanh-Dam Truong
ZED Books, 1990

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The Anxieties of Mobility: Migration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands


by Johan A. Lindquist
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2008

Since the late 1960s the Indonesian island of Batam has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a booming frontier town, where foreign investment, mostly from neighboring Singapore, converges with inexpensive land and labor. Indonesian female migrants dominate the island’s economic landscape both as factory workers and as prostitutes servicing working class tourists from Singapore. Indonesians also move across the border in search of work in Malaysia and Singapore as plantation and construction workers or maids.

Export processing zones such as Batam are both celebrated and vilified in contemporary debates on economic globalization. The Anxieties of Mobility moves beyond these dichotomies to explore the experiences of migrants and tourists who pass through Batam. Johan Lindquist’s extensive fieldwork allows him to portray globalization in terms of relationships that bind individuals together over long distances rather than as a series of impersonal economic transactions. He offers a unique ethnographic perspective, drawing together the worlds of factory workers and prostitutes, migrants and tourists, and creating a compelling account of everyday life in a borderland characterized by dramatic capitalist expansion.

The book uses three Indonesian concepts (merantau, malu, liar) to shed light on the mobility of migrants and tourists on Batam. The first refers to a person’s relationship with home while in the process of migration. The second signifies the shame or embarrassment felt when one is between accepted roles and emotional states. The third, liar, literally means “wild” and is used to identify those who are out of place, notably squatters, couples in premarital cohabitation, and prostitutes without pimps. These sometimes overlapping concepts allow the book to move across geographical and metaphorical boundaries and between various economies.

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Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions


edited by Michael Hitchcock, Victor T. King, Michael Parnwell
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2009

Tourism in Southeast Asia provides an up-to-date exploration of the state of tourism development and associated issues in one of the world’s most dynamic tourism destinations. The volume takes a close look at many of the challenges facing Southeast Asian tourism at a critical stage of transition and transformation and following a recent series of crises and disasters. Building on and advancing the path-breaking Tourism in South-East Asia, produced by the same editors in 1993, it adopts a multidisciplinary approach and includes contributions from some of the leading researchers on tourism in Southeast Asia, presenting a number of fresh perspectives.

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Travels In The Skin Trade: Tourism and the Sex Industry


by Jeremy Seabrook
Pluto Press, 2001

This updated version of Jeremy Seabrook’s highly acclaimed book Travels in the Skin Trade contains a new preface, highlighting the current issues surrounding sex tourism in Thailand. Press coverage of the sex trade routinely consists of ill-informed, moralising and sensationalist denunciations of the “industry”. Through the words of sex workers and their clients, distinguished journalist and writer Seabrook reconsiders the popular conception of the sex industry and explores the complex relationship between sex and tourism. In so doing he presents an objective, unmoralizing and sensitive view of the industry. Through its examination of the many paradoxes surrounding this controversial subject, Travels in the Skin Trade also sheds new light on the wider and problematic relationship between the North and the South.

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