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Tourisme, imaginaires et identités : inverser le point de vue

Published in Via Tourism Review. 2012, no. 1
Abstract Most papers which deal with the issue of tourism and collective identities of local people point at the influence of the former on the latter, these influences being said to be either source of problems or stimulation. This paper takes the opposite point of view: when and under which conditions the will to express a collective identity can lead to the development of cultural tourism in relation with these public identities? This paper presents a few cases of political and cultural instrumentralization of tourism development. It enters into details for three examples : Chamonix (France), Little Italy in New York City and the gay district in Manchester (UK). It explains that a decisive condition of such an instrumentralization lies in the capacity of a social group or local stakeholders (the Chamoniards, Italo-américains of Little Italy, gay activists in Manchester) to promote the imaginary of a very specific place, to present themselves as being highly dependant of this place, in order to build a spatial equivalence between a tourist place and the place of their cultural and political demonstration.
Keywords TourismeIdentités collectivesTerritorialité
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DEBARBIEUX, Bernard. Tourisme, imaginaires et identités : inverser le point de vue. In: Via Tourism Review, 2012, n° 1. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:23465

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