Seminar

Female tourism handicraft entrepreneurs in Greece and gender role negotiations. A feminist economics analysis

Presenter: 
Fiona Bakas
Date: 
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:00
Location: 
12-1pm, WH125

Strategies for enhancing the position of women have generally involved increasing women’s productive activities, often through the creation of specific tourism development programmes for example the expansion of handicraft production for tourism retail. However, it is frequently argued that women must then deal with a complex renegotiation of domestic tasks as they try to combine both productive and social reproductive work. Borrowing the term ‘social reproduction’ from political economy, this research uses the activities needed to reproduce human life on a daily basis and intergenerationally, as a lens through which to examine gender roles and relations within tourism development. 

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Ethnic Panopticon: Controversies in Indigenous Tourism

Presenter: 
Professor Philip Xie
Date: 
Mon, 07/08/2013 - 12:00
Location: 
WH125, WH Building, AUT Wellesley Campus

Abstract:

The presentation suggests a shifting of emphasis away from the discourse of authenticity to the process of authenticating indigenous tourism. It proposes a term of ethnic panopticon as a metaphor for the complex interplay of indigenous tourism.  The presentation focuses upon what authentication is, how it works, who is involved, and what the problems are in the process. By using the study of folk villages on Hainan Island, China, it proposes that authenticity evolves from a static into a more dynamic concept, which can be formulated according to the different stages of development relating to all the stakeholders.

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