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Dean MacCannell nicely captured an aspect of this problem in his concept ” staged authenticity.” This term refers to the staging of local culture to create an. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring Dean MacCannell.

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Goffman was meticulous in explaining how much of humanity hangs on the separation of front and back. Ann Jose ankara escort. A total of visitor and 22 Aboriginal tour operator interviews were conducted. As long as they can remain independent, the indigenous tourism providers feel confident that they can enrich their community and preserve their culture through the presentation of an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience.

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. Souvenir selection of respondents who had not participated in an indigenous tourism experience.

The far north Queensland region is home to numerous Aboriginal communities. Fortunately, tourism provides an avenue for communities to correct these misconceptions and demonstrate that the alcoholics seen in the larger towns are not representative of the overall population.

Our results show shifting positions between visitors and operators, within the authenticinauthentic spectrum. Even, though tourists tend to have their presupposed original culture, Cohen postulates that they are able to accept a product of tourism as authentic, if in their opinion, it comes close enough to the actual experience [ 18 ].

Real (or) Staged? Authenticity and Cultural Portrayal in Indigenous Tourism | OMICS International

All the indigenous tourism operators interviewed for this study claimed not to have experienced any negative repercussions from tourism and to have actually benefited from the influx of visitors. Clearly, many of the performers had minimal understanding of their own culture, but were very eager to learn and reconnect with it. Tourist perceptions of authenticity after participating in an indigenous tourist experience.


This study has found that the vast majority of tourists considered their maccanenll cultural experiences to be authentic. Search my Subject Specializations: This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring the fragile membrane guarding the back as described by Erving Goffman, some consequences of its violation by tourists, and the social and human impacts of its putative removal across the board.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. The rest of the groups required to obtain approval for all cultural presentations from the elders.

Opinion is divided as to whether such presenters can portray real authentic culture. The shifting positions in perception, within the authenticinauthentic spectrum, between visitors and indigenous tourism operators, calls for the exploration of the question of how contemporary socio-economic processes of commodification, corporatization and globalisation has affected cultural portrayal, and hence authenticity.

A survey participant from another Aboriginal group professed that they did not want a business model where millions of dollars come through the gate but very little makes it back to the community. In Australia, Aboriginal tourism has only recently emerged as an industry.

Furthermore, although available statistics show that many international visitors to the region participate in some sort of indigenous experience, the indigenous tourism strategy report for Queensland has identified low indigenous involvement in the tourist industry as a significant concern.

And as Theodossopoulos asserts, authentic portrayal of indigenous cultures is inherently difficult to balance with modernization and lifestyle changes within the community [ 6 ]. The study demonstrated that, whereas tourists were concerned about authenticity of cultural presentations in restaurant experiences, their construction of what constitutes real African culture were extremely fluid and differed significantly with that of the local people.

Unsurprisingly, Taylor [ 26 ] compares culture to nature by stating that, like nature, culture too is under attack from the evils of late capitalism.

Within the Aboriginal community, tourism is seen as a practical, important way to provide an economic base to ensure that communities prosper and that Aboriginal heritage is supported [ 11 ].


Indigenous people have a right to protect traditional knowledge and sacred cultural material [ 27 ]. Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language. Responses about authenticity and souvenir selection were coded on a numerical scale and the results were presented using appropriate graphs.

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. It could therefore be said that, the tourists were looking for provenance from the artefacts, to judge their authenticity. They want their tourism venture to be a source of pride for the entire community and to be something of which the younger generation can aspire to be a part.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Principally, among these benefits, increased tourism can help indigenous groups overcome negative stereotypes held by members of society. Clearly, the development of culturally appropriate indigenous tourism experiences can be tremendously difficult. A plausible assumption in much of the contemporary literature, concerning the impacts of modern tourism on host societies, is that tourism leads to commoditization of the life of a community and destroys authenticity of local cultural products and human relations [ 4 ].

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Jeremy Bentham believed that the design of the prison should guarantee visibility of the whole of the prison to the whole of the outside world. Research Article Open Access. All the respondents said that performing cultural activities improved their appreciation of the culture. If you think you mcacannell have access to this title, please contact your librarian. It is noted that prisons are actually more crowded, violent, and disease ridden than they have ever been.

Despite the threat posed by capitalism and globalization to cultural authenticity, there are still certain aspects of indigenous culture which is never shared.

Authenticity and Cultural Portrayal in Indigenous Tourism.