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- DescriptionDrawing from extended fieldwork in La Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, the author suggests an invative re-reading of different concepts of magic that emerge in the global cultural ecomics of tourism. Following the making and unmaking of the tropical island tourism destination of La Reunion, he demonstrates how destinations are transformed into magical pleasure gardens in which human life is cultivated for tourist consumption. Like a gardener would cultivate flowers, local development policy, nature conservation, and museum initiatives dramatise local social life so as to evoke modernist paradigms of time, beauty and nature. Islanders who live in this 'human garden' are thus placed in the ambivalent role of 'human flowers', embodying ideas of authenticity and biblical incence, but also of history and social life in perpetual creolisation.
- Author BiographyDavid Picard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) at New University of Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of La Reunion, Indian Ocean and has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Dr. David Picard
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/09/2013
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleNew Directions in Anthropology
- Series Part/Volume Number32
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight283 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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