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Framing and Transition

Understanding Places of Tourism in Rural, Ethnic China



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Framing and Transition by Richard Anthony Abrahams
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This dissertation, "Framing and Transition: Understanding Places of Tourism in Rural, Ethnic China" by Richard Anthony, Abrahams, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled Framing and Transition: Understanding Places of Tourism in Rural, Ethnic China Submitted by Richard Abrahams for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong in January 2015 Over the past thirty years, as China's eastern cities have boomed at the forefront of the nation's global economic ascent, the government has increasingly employed tourism as a means to open--‐up the subaltern communities of the rural and ethnic internal hinterlands and integrate them into the national economy and socio--‐ideological framework of the modern nation--‐state. Focussing on tourism development, taxonomies of ethnicity and socio--‐spatial discourses of difference, my thesis investigates what places of tourism in rural, ethnic China mean, and how they are constructed and created. To answer this I engage in three cases studies that are situated around an examination of the imaginative, practiced and material constructions of two ethnic minorities, terraced farm landscape destinations in China's rural southwest. Findings emerge from a multidisciplinary approach that integrates ethnographic fieldwork, spatial and ethnic histories, and an analysis of the discourses of tourism materials. The investigation is situated around two interlocking concepts - framing and transition - that are used to highlight the realties and tensions of life under the gaze of rural and ethnic tourism in contemporary China. I question the relationships and assumptions between rural socio--‐economic development and rural and ethnic tourism that envelope places and communities in processes of communicative and economic development whilst fixing
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January 27th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
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Open Dissertation Press
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