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Making the Modern PrimitiveCultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands$
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Michelle MacCarthy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855604

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855604.001.0001

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Producing and Consuming Experience

Producing and Consuming Experience

Commoditizing “Real Life”

(p.112) Chapter Five Producing and Consuming Experience
Making the Modern Primitive

Michelle MacCarthy

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on village visits and the role of authenticity in defining the touristic experience. It introduces the concept of “unperformance”, which is used to describe the kinds of unscripted, grassroots kind of interaction that primitivist tourists generally seek. It describes, in turn, various types of tourists (cruise ship, group tour, independent) and how their expectations and activities differ. It addresses paradoxes such as the “draw” of poverty or underdevelopment, and also presents Trobriand ideas about hosting foreigners.

Keywords:   authenticity, unperformance, backstage, development, kinship

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