P26
Tourist value: reconfiguring value and social relations in diverse tourism ecologies

Convenors:
Cameo Dalley (Deakin University)
Victoria Stead (Deakin University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
STB 2, Science Teaching Building
Sessions:
Wednesday 4 December, 9:00-10:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

Often thought of as strangers or a special kind of 'other', tourists and relations with them have the potential to transform local forms of relationality. In this panel we are interested in the ways in which tourism facilitates the reimagination of value in local contexts.

Long abstract:

Often thought of as strangers or a special kind of 'other', tourists and relations with them have the potential to transform local forms of social, political and economic relationality. In this panel we are interested in the ways in which tourism facilitates the reimagination of value in local contexts. What solidarities or tensions between different groups might emerge anew through the lens of tourist encounters? Attentive to the ethnographic contexts in which encounters take place, we are interested in a broad spectrum of tourist ecologies. This include places where tourism plays a central role in structuring development aspirations, and where unexpected alliances sometimes arise out of unequal power relations (Alexeyeff and Taylor 2016). It also includes tourism in colonial and postcolonial contexts, where issues to do with recognition and identity may be at the forefront (Hall and Tucker 2004). We also seek to encompass relations that trouble conventional categories of tourism—like working holiday-maker schemes—or relations that can involve 'tourist-like' elements—including those between anthropologists, their field sites and research participants. We invite papers that explore how expectations of performances of identity or authenticity become an integral part of the tourism landscape (Acciaoli 1985; Henry 2000; Picard 1996), but also seek to move beyond these considerations of 'cultural tourism' to examine the diverse social, political and economic relations in which tourist value is enmeshed. How is value produced, contested, or indeed refused in these and other diverse tourist ecologies, and with what effects?