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Resisting ParadiseTourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture$
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Angelique V. Nixon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462180

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462180.001.0001

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Resisting Paradise—An Introduction

Resisting Paradise—An Introduction

(p.3) Chapter One Resisting Paradise—An Introduction
Resisting Paradise

Angelique V. Nixon

University Press of Mississippi

The introductory chapter positions tourism as a neocolonial enterprise in which globalization and U.S. imperialism are implicated along with the history of slavery and colonialism. It argues that tourism is one of the most powerful conduits of neocolonialism not only because of economic and political reasons, but also because tourism drastically shapes the socio-cultural landscape of the region. The chapter demonstrates the intersections among tourism and diaspora studies and issues of consumption, mobility, culture, sexuality, and sexual labor. Many critics of tourism are referenced in order to trace the legacy of slavery and colonialism found in the tourist industry, which emerges in economic, socio-political, cultural, and sexual terms. The sexual-cultural politics of tourism are introduced as well the sites of resistance and the methodology and feminist postcolonial framework of “resisting paradise.”

Keywords:   Neocolonialism and Globalization, Tourism Development, Tourism and Diaspora Studies, Feminist Postcolonial Theory, Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism

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