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Article: Consuming the tourist gaze: Imaginative geographies and the reproduction of sexuality in Lugu Lake

TitleConsuming the tourist gaze: Imaginative geographies and the reproduction of sexuality in Lugu Lake
Authors
KeywordsPlace politics
Sexuality
Tourism
Identity
Imaginative geographies
Issue Date2012
Citation
Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 2012, v. 94, n. 2, p. 107-124 How to Cite?
AbstractImaginative geographies engage with the understanding and experiencing of place and place-based social and cultural specificities through a process of re-creation and reproductionIn this article, we explore the imaginative geographies of Lugu Lake, a tourist destination in China's Yunnan Province, and of the Mosuo people, the local minority which practices a unique marriage systemWe investigate how Mosuo society has been imagined in popular discourses and representations through two cultural labels: matriarchy and free sexWe also discuss how the imaginative geographies of Lugu Lake have restructured the encounters between the local people, especially the young men, and the incoming tourists in the context of tourism developmentWe interrogate the complex processes of identity formation in which both the tourists and the indigenous people renegotiate and reconstruct their cultural identities within various inside-outside connections and interactionsOur central argument is that the sex encounters between tourists and the local Mosuo are conditioned by popular imaginative geographies of the sexual practices of the MosuoBut the encounter in tourism between the gazer and the gazed also accommodates complex identity formations and the renegotiation of social relationsThe empirical observations are twofold: first, the locality of Lugu Lake has been reproduced with folk and tourist imaginative geographies into an erotic frontier of free sex; second, we also argue that the geographical imagination in this case is a reciprocal process which involves the local Mosuo's renegotiation of place-based identity, in a pursuit of imagined progress and modernity. © The authors 2012 Geografiska Annaler: Series B © 2012 Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238082
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dc.contributor.authorQian, Junxi-
dc.contributor.authorWei, Lei-
dc.contributor.authorZhu, Hong-
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-03T02:12:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-03T02:12:56Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationGeografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 2012, v. 94, n. 2, p. 107-124-
dc.identifier.issn0435-3684-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/238082-
dc.description.abstractImaginative geographies engage with the understanding and experiencing of place and place-based social and cultural specificities through a process of re-creation and reproductionIn this article, we explore the imaginative geographies of Lugu Lake, a tourist destination in China's Yunnan Province, and of the Mosuo people, the local minority which practices a unique marriage systemWe investigate how Mosuo society has been imagined in popular discourses and representations through two cultural labels: matriarchy and free sexWe also discuss how the imaginative geographies of Lugu Lake have restructured the encounters between the local people, especially the young men, and the incoming tourists in the context of tourism developmentWe interrogate the complex processes of identity formation in which both the tourists and the indigenous people renegotiate and reconstruct their cultural identities within various inside-outside connections and interactionsOur central argument is that the sex encounters between tourists and the local Mosuo are conditioned by popular imaginative geographies of the sexual practices of the MosuoBut the encounter in tourism between the gazer and the gazed also accommodates complex identity formations and the renegotiation of social relationsThe empirical observations are twofold: first, the locality of Lugu Lake has been reproduced with folk and tourist imaginative geographies into an erotic frontier of free sex; second, we also argue that the geographical imagination in this case is a reciprocal process which involves the local Mosuo's renegotiation of place-based identity, in a pursuit of imagined progress and modernity. © The authors 2012 Geografiska Annaler: Series B © 2012 Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofGeografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography-
dc.subjectPlace politics-
dc.subjectSexuality-
dc.subjectTourism-
dc.subjectIdentity-
dc.subjectImaginative geographies-
dc.titleConsuming the tourist gaze: Imaginative geographies and the reproduction of sexuality in Lugu Lake-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-0467.2012.00399.x-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84864145588-
dc.identifier.volume94-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage107-
dc.identifier.epage124-
dc.identifier.eissn1468-0467-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000306736100002-

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