This panel of the IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism provides scope for retrospective reflection and identify and contribute to current directions in theory and research of tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Anthropological research on tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean is empirically diverse and theoretically complex. Over the last two decades anthropologists have produced innovative and critical work on sex tourism, tourism and indigenous land rights, race, heritage and dispossession, spectacle and authenticity, tourism and post-revolutionary societies, to list a few themes. Often at the core of anthropological discourse on tourism in the region is a focus on relations and structures of power and inequality. This panel provides a space for papers on these and other topics and on diverse cultural and geographical foci of current research, and welcomes papers that identify critical issues and directions in anthropological/tourism theory.