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Social construction of touristic imagery: case of Fiji

Kanemasu, Yoko (2013) Social construction of touristic imagery: case of Fiji. Annals of Tourism Research, 43 . pp. 456-481. ISSN 0160-7383

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This paper seeks to contribute to a fuller understanding of the complex interplay between touristic representation and wider society. It traces the historical making of touristic imagery of Fiji, which centres on the amiability of indigenous Fijians, and provides a sociological analysis of the ways in which this process has been mediated by the broader patterns of social relations and conditions in colonial/post-colonial Fiji. In particular, the imagery is shown to be a simultaneously colonial, corporate and ethno-nationalist construct. The paper further explores how this imagery, although essentially dynamic, has in turn become reified and exerted considerable power over institutional arrangements and practices within and beyond the industry, most evidently in the allocation of specific touristic roles to indigenous Fijians.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The article is published online only.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yoko Kanemasu
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 02:14
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 22:09

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