Title

Beyond tourist gazes and performances: U.S. consumption of land and labor in Puerto Rican and Mexican destinations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Abstract

Theoretical debates about the relationship between tourism and Latin American development are often based upon the distinction between tourism's performative and its visual aspects. Though gazes and performances are important, they occur in the context of a usurpation of land and labor that lead to the displacement and exploitation of the residents of tourist destinations. Examination of U.S. consumption of tourist destinations and hospitality labor in Puerto Rico and Mexico reveals that tourism exacerbates inequalities between tourists and service providers, calling into question its long-term sustainability. © 2008 Latin American Perpectives.

Publication Name

Latin American Perspectives

Volume Number

35

First Page

53

Last Page

69

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1177/0094582X08315790

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