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- DescriptionTwenty years ago, commercial tourism in the Peoples Republic of China hardly existed. Today, China has a burgeoning tourist industry, characterized by a unique style with deep roots in traditional Chinese culture. Scenic Spots is an engaging exploration of why Chinese tourists pursue certain kinds of experiences, what they make of them, and how their experiences and interpretations are shaped by the state. Working from within a Chinese cultural framework, Pal Nyiri argues that Chinas brand of tourism is distinct from the traditions of both Western bourgeois tourism, which values authenticity, and Soviet tourism, with its emphasis on rugged and selfless experience. In China, tourism development is guided by the state, and scenic spots (jingdian) and theme parks are used to demonstrate Chinas heroic past and as tools of patriotic education and modernization or as forms of indoctritainment. The tourist site is perceived as a product, and, as such, it is bounded, approved, rated, and consumed. In a style both straightforward and provocative, Nyiri argues that the uniformity and undisguised commercialism of Chinese tourist sites are a direct result of the states ultimate authority to determine the meaning of landscape and to control culture. Scenic Spots serves as a lens through which to explore mechanisms of cultural control and resistance in a highly commercialized sphere of everyday life in contemporary China.
- Author BiographyPal Nyiri is director of the Program in Applied Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
- Author(s)Pal Nyiri
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication14/03/2006
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleChina Program Books
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note20 illus.
- Weight363 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine17 mm
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