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The Good Holiday: Development, Tourism and the Politics of Benevolence in Mozambique

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The Good Holiday

Development, Tourism and the Politics of Benevolence in Mozambique

João Afonso Baptista

292 pages, 14 illus., 7 figures, 3 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-546-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (May 2017)

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“This book makes an important contribution to critical studies of tourism, and the growing corpus on Mozambican Studies as well as – and this is perhaps its most important contribution – adding significantly to analyses of consumerism and its ethical, economic and political dimensions.” · Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, University of Bergen


Drawing on ethnographic research in the village of Canhane, which is host to the first community tourism project in Mozambique, The Good Holiday explores the confluence of two powerful industries: tourism and development, and explains when, how and why tourism becomes development and development, tourism. The volume further explores the social and material consequences of this merging, presenting the confluence of tourism and development as a major vehicle for the exercise of ethics, and non-state governance in contemporary life.

João Afonso Baptista is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology in the University of Hamburg and at the Institute of Social Sciences in the University of Lisbon.

Subject: General Anthropology Development Studies Travel & Tourism
Area: Africa


List of Figures, Tables and Diagrams


Chapter 1. Introducing Tourism: Canhane
Chapter 2. The Appeal of Community
Chapter 3. Developmentourism
Chapter 4. The Enigma of Water
Chapter 5. The Walk
Chapter 6. Problematizing Poverty
Chapter 7. Non-Governmental Governance


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