Beyond authenticity and commodification

Cole, S. (2007) Beyond authenticity and commodification. Annals of Tourism Research, 34 (4). pp. 943-960. ISSN 0160-7383 Available from:

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Authenticity and commodification are central to academic debates in tourism. Previous analyses suggest that the commodification of local identities leads to negative consequences. Based on a long-term study of tourism in Eastern Indonesia, this paper examines authenticity from three perspectives: the government, the tourists and the villagers. While the former two perspectives reflect the views highlighted in the literature, the villagers' interpretation is different: tourism brings not only a sense of pride and identity but also a political resource to manipulate. Seen in this light, this paper suggests that the debates about authenticity should examine how the notion is articulated, by whom and for what purposes; and in what circumstances, cultural tourism leads to positive responses and empowerment. Keywords: authenticity, commodification, Indonesia, empowerment.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:authenticity, commodification, Indonesia, empowerment, tourism
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:11994
Deposited By: Dr S. Cole
Deposited On:11 Nov 2010 14:51
Last Modified:05 Nov 2016 02:54

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