Tourism and Modernity in China

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Routledge, 1998 - Social Science - 252 pages
A feature of China's rapid modernization has been the rise of a consumer society in the cities. Retail, entertainment and leisure industries have developed to help service the expanding consumer demands of China's new cosmopolitans. However, major changes are also taking place in rural areas as the tourist industry continues to grow. This volume examines how the experience of modernization is revealed in its newly constructed tourist landscapes. It argues that in China's burgeoning ethnic tourist villages and theme parks can be seen all the contradictions, debasement, and liberating potentials of Chinese modernity. The author uses the province of Guizhou to examine the Chinese tourist industry as an example of the states regional development policy and how local people have reacted to the changes. This book offers new perspectives on the experience of modernity in China. In particular it reveals the dynamic responses of ethnic minorities as they encounter the forces of state-sponsored modernization.

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