Reliving off the swamp : a Cajun tourism commodity

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Using a political economic approach, this paper shows that the process of self-commodification may give tourism professionals some control over how ethnic cultures are is presented, but does so within the parameters of state oversight and consumers’ desires. A case study of Louisiana Cajun tourism reveals how a specific narrative of swamp subsistence is deployed by individual tour guides and through the tourism planning process. This “heritage ecology” is used to romanticize a Cajun cultural ecology as “living off of the swamp” despite the fact that swamp commodities have almost always been produced for external markets. Similar to past commodities, swamp tourism still involves the production of Cajun-swamp culture for outside consumers. This type of tourism paradoxically presents the image of a physically and socially disconnected ethnic group by fostering connections with outsiders while in the swamp.

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Article de périodique

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Geographical review, issn : 0016-7428, 2014, vol. 104, n°. 4, p. 506-522, nombre de pages : 17, Références bibliographiques : 3 p.

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Pays édition : Etats-Unis, New York, NY, American Geographical Society

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