Geographies of tourism and place in Micronesia: the 'sleeping lady' awakes

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dc.contributor.author Ringer, Gregory D., 1951-
dc.date.accessioned 2006-01-10T18:50:51Z
dc.date.available 2006-01-10T18:50:51Z
dc.date.issued 2004-04
dc.identifier.citation The Journal of Pacific Studies 26 (1-2): 131-150 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2092
dc.description.abstract Tourism has grown to become the dominant service industry in the world in the 21st Century and a common prescription for funding sustainable community development throughout the East Asia-Pacific region. Certainly, there can be no denial of tourism’s potential to provide meaningful economic alternatives for indigenous residents. However, the marketing of rural communities and island nations as tourist attractions may also transfigure the dynamic historically and socially-constructed landscapes of the destination through the reformation of local identities and cultural patterns of behaviour. To encourage a proactive approach to tourism, planning must therefore be sensitive to the social morphology of the destination community and the intersect with tourist activities. To encourage such a process, this paper adopts a geographic perspective to examine the qualitative effects of ecotourism on the Micronesian island of Kosrae as it moves from a subsistence-based, conservative, patriarchal society to a tourism destination in the global economy. In this manner, the cognitive perceptions and practised lifestyles of residents and visitors and the recreational space of the destination are distinguished from the inhabited place of local people, and the social structure, meaning, and cohesion of Kosraean culture more meaningfully clarified. en
dc.description.sponsorship UO Micronesia & South Pacific Program en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
dc.subject Tourism en
dc.subject Federated States of Micronesia en
dc.subject Cognitive images en
dc.subject Environmental perception en
dc.subject Gender & womens studies en
dc.title Geographies of tourism and place in Micronesia: the 'sleeping lady' awakes en
dc.type Article en


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