Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba

Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba

Written by: Valerio Simoni

  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • Publish Date: 2016-01-01
  • ISBN-10: 9781782389491
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Based on a detailed ethnography, this book explores the promises and expectations of tourism in Cuba, drawing attention to the challenges that tourists and local people face in establishing meaningful connections with each other. Notions of informal encounter and relational idiom illuminate ambiguous experiences of tourism harassment, economic transactions, hospitality, friendship, and festive and sexual relationships. Comparing these various connections, the author shows the potential of touristic encounters to redefine their moral foundations, power dynamics, and implications, offering new insights into how contemporary relationships across difference and inequality are imagined and understood.

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