Lonely planet: affect and authenticity in guidebooks of Cuba

Ogden, Rebecca (2019) Lonely planet: affect and authenticity in guidebooks of Cuba. Social Identities, 25 (2). pp. 156-168. ISSN 1350-4630. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2017.1414592?) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Record numbers of international visitors to Cuba in recent years amidst dramatic political and economic shifts have reinforced the island's reputation as a destination to visit urgently, ‘before it changes’. In foregrounding a normalised framework of affect and authenticity and directing tourists towards intimate experiences and encounters, bestselling English-language guidebooks contribute towards a selective interpretation of Cuba and of Cubans. However, their recommendations obscure the work, stresses, inequalities and political implications on which touristic encounters rest. This study emphasises the influence of texts in the mediation and management of affect in tourism, challenging the dominance of ethnographic methods in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Affect, tourism, Cuba, identity, authenticity, encounter
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Rebecca Ogden
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 16:14 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 15:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65810 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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