P10
Consuming culture: the politics and aesthetics of cultural tourism in different national traditions

Convenors:
Soumendra Patnaik (University of Delhi)
Location:
CSSS Class Room No.103, First Floor, SSS-II
Start time:
5 April, 2012 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Influence of globalization on local culture and economy through tourism has implications for community identity. The panel would debate on the way cultural representation is monopolized in the hands of powerful having more of economic and political concerns than aesthetics ones.

Long abstract:

The growing expansion of tourism industry in the global market carries significant consequences for the everyday life of the local communities. The commodification of cultural objects such as artifacts, handicrafts, art forms and performances is linked to creation of a class of entrepreneurs having no contribution to the aesthetic production but playing a decisive role in its economic and political circulation. Cultural spaces and physical places get permeated by market forces operating at national and global level further strengthen the monopoly of culturally non producing emerging elite and marginalization of the local artisans and cultural performers. The decision making process involving the production and circulation of cultural commodities through market linkages is a challenge posed to the traditional ritualised space of its production. Experiential tourism, ethnic/rural tourism and other are important tourism products that are getting more and more integrated with market needs marking a shift from the plane of aesthetics to business mediated through power. Touristic relationships have differential levels of power dynamics and interests that get negotiated variedly .Relevance of 'place' or 'space' identity of the local community having exclusive control over the resources often clash between the host population and touristic interests. The panel seeks to examine these issues in the light of different national and regional traditions so as to understand the role of state policy and community negotiations in handling such issues of global magnitude.