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Making the Modern Primitive: Cultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands

Michelle MacCarthy


This book provides an anthropological analysis of the encounter between local residents and tourists in the Trobriand Islands, a place renowned in anthropology and represented in various media as “culturally authentic.” Through an examination of four arenas of interaction between Trobriand Islanders and tourists (formal performances, informal village visits, souvenir shopping, and tourist photography), this monograph explores the relationship of tourism to the commoditization of culture. A critique of concepts of authenticity, tradition, primitivity, and cultural commodification shows how thes ... More

Keywords: tourism, authenticity, tradition, commoditization, primitivity, exchange, singularities, Trobriand Islands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855604
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle MacCarthy, author
University of Bergen