From Rural space to tourist space: An ethnography of development in the Parnaíba River Delta (Brazil)

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    Abstract

    This paper observes and problematizes the phenomenon of touristification in a rural island community in northeastern Brazil. During the months from February 2011 to January 2012 fieldwork was carried out in a fishing community: Ilha Grande de Santa Isabel, in the Brazilian state of Piauí. Through participant observation and interviews with the local people, I have attempted to understand the social and cultural reality of the inhabitants of the island versus growing touristic development, which poses a threat to the social, economic, cultural and environmental equilibrium of the area. The tourist industry is one of the economic mainstays of this area and many others like it in this region. The structural changes produced by local adaptation to a steady stream of tourist arrivals constitute a rich field of social anthropological inquiry. The proposal is to tackle these issues an anthropological perspective to reflect and analyze the possible impacts of touristification in a rural and insular community of Northeast Brazil.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)128-143
    JournalQuaderns de l'Institut Catala d'Antropologia
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • Development
    • Local community
    • Parnaíba river delta
    • Rural space
    • Tourism

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