Good knowledge of world political geography
The course aims to provide an introduction to the study of cultural anthropology and tourism, with a focus on local communities and sustainability.
Students will acquire:
- Knowledge of the main theoretical frameworks of the anthropology of tourism
- Knowledge of the main anthropological debates on key concepts such as globalization, consumption, identity, sustainability
- Understanding of the mainstream anthropological analyses of the interaction between local and guest cultures, in the framework of global tourism
- Ability to develop a case study on the anthropology of tourism.
Anthropology: historical origins and theoretical bases; culture, alterity, community, identity, globalization. Aims and research methodology. Participant observation; Travel. Concepts of “exotic” and “stranger”. Tourism and anthropology; Identity and globalization; Authenticity and consumption; Development and sustainability; Cultural Heritage.
Robbins, H. R. (2012). Cultural Anthropology. A Problem-based Approach, 6th Edition, Cengage Learning Publisher.
Chapters 1-4 AND 6-7.
Wells, J. (2013) Complexity and Sustainability. Routledge (chapps 1-5, 8, 9)
Leite, N., & Graburn, N. H. H. (2009). Anthropological interventions in tourism studies. In T. Jamal & M. Robinson (Eds.), The Sage handbook of tourism studies (pp. 35-64). London: Sage.
Salazar, N. B., & Graburn, N. H. H. (2014). Introduction: Toward an anthropology of tourism imaginaries. In N. B. Salazar & N. H. H. Graburn (Eds.), Tourism imaginaries: Anthropological approaches (pp. 1-28). Oxford: Berghahn.
Lectures, videos and multimedia materials, collective discussion of case studies.
Students attending the lessons will be evaluated on the basis of one or more cases studies independently developed on one of the topics presented in the course. The course section taught by Prof. Wells will be evaluated through a written exam at the end of the course. The course section taught by Prof. Bougleux will be evaluated through an oral exam.
Students non attending the lessons will be evaluated through an oral exam on the full course Syllabus.
The course and its final exam will be held in English .