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Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal

A Developing Country Perspective



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Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal by Kalyan Bhandari

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There has been increased interest in the role and impact of tourism in the making of a `nation' and the way it interacts with various social institutions and processes. This book explores the role of tourism in the expression of nationalism in Nepal. It considers how various touristic sites, icons, events and celebrations exemplify the `national' imagination, foster national unity, and a sense of community. A sociological approach is adopted to interpret the semiotics of these touristic sites, images and icons to demonstrate how they produce a sense of common identity and a symbolic construction of Nepali national community. This book argues that tourism is an opportunity that can be exploited not only to shape national identity, but also to consolidate national sentiment, emotion and unity. Given the recent great political changes, post-conflict nation-rebuilding and development, Nepal offers a fascinating case study on the role of tourism and nationalism. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and professionals working in tourism and heritage studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, area studies and those interested in the study of post-conflict and developing societies.

Author Biography

Kalyan Bhandari is a Lecturer in Events, Hospitality and Tourism at University of the West of Scotland, UK.
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September 16th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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