By Carol E. Henderson
Historical past is a prized cultural commodity within the advertising of tourism locations, with specific perspectives of a spot being promoted whereas others are downplayed. The illustration of background in tourism as anything that's static and undying, derived given that time immemorial from a far off previous, is seductive. In Asia, a huge a part of the tourism industry lies within the sale and intake of hugely orientalized photos and types of tradition and background. this is often really visible in India, the place its northern kingdom of Rajasthan has been effectively advertised because the nation's so much heritage-laden, conventional and real. This attracts seriously at the overdue 19th and early 20th century years of British rule in India - the Raj. whereas in a single feel, this neocolonial imaginative and prescient of Rajasthan is ennobling, highlighting moments of cultural satisfaction, it additionally demeans through omiting and obscuring salient positive factors of latest lifestyles. This booklet explores the cultural politics of tourism during this area via interdisciplinary views. It questions what the locals take into consideration tourism and the way tourism affects on neighborhood teams, and the way the hegemonic photos of India which magnetize travelers are proven by means of the vacationer undefined. It additionally examines problems with city making plans, gender, family fiscal reform, non secular pilgrimage, Muslim identification inside a Hindu ruled polity and elite/non-elite politics. those tightly-woven essays recommend that toursim history narratives imprecise financial and social fracture strains and that tourism silences variety, privileges sure old and modern discourses, recapitulates colonialism, and compels individuals of marginalized teams to collude within the illustration of relationships of subordination.
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Raj Rhapsodies: Tourism, Heritage and the Seduction of History (New Directions in Tourism Analysis) by Carol E. Henderson