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Made in Mexico – Tradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca - University Press of Mississippi
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Made in Mexico: Tradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca

Chris Goertzen


This book examines the aesthetic, political, and sociopolitical aspects of tourism in southern Mexico, particularly in the state of Oaxaca. Tourists seeking “authenticity” buy crafts and festival tickets, and spend even more on travel expenses. What does a craft object or a festival moment need to look like or sound like to please both tradition bearers and tourists in terms of aesthetics? Under what conditions are transactions between these parties psychologically healthy and sustainable? What political factors can interfere with the success of this negotiation, and what happens when the proc ... More

Keywords: tourism, southern Mexico, Oaxaca, Subcommandante Marcos, Zapatistas, Chiapas, unrest, woven pillowcase, aesthetic intensification, ethnic distinctiveness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737967
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Goertzen, author