Touring Pacific Cultures

Touring Pacific Cultures

Edited by: Kalissa Alexeyeff, John Taylor

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Tourism is vital to the economies of most Pacific nations and as such is an important site for the meaningful production of shared and disputed cultural values and practices. This is especially the case when tourism intersects with other important arenas for cultural production, both directly and indirectly. Touring Pacific Cultures captures the central importance of tourism to the visual, material and performed cultures of the Pacific region. In this volume, we propose to explore new directions in understanding how culture is defined, produced, experienced and sustained through tourism-related practices across that region. We ask, how is cultural value, ownership, performance and commodification negotiated and experienced in actual lived practice as it moves with people across the Pacific?

‘This collection is a welcome addition to tourism studies, or perhaps we should say post- or para-tourism. The essays bring out many facets and experiences too quickly bundled under a single label and focused exclusively on “destinations” visited by “outsiders”. Tourism, we see here, actively involves many different populations, societies, and economies, a range of local/global/regional engagements that can be both destructive and creative. Western outsiders aren’t the only ones on the move. Unequal power, (neo)colonial exploitation and capitalist commodification are very much part of the picture. But so are desire, adventure, pleasure, cultural reinvention and economic development. The effect, overall, is an attitude of alert, critical ambivalence with respect to a proliferating historical phenomenon.

A bumpy and rewarding ride.’

— James Clifford, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz


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Publication date:
Dec 2016
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Development Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Pacific: Fiji, French Polynesia, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga

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  1. Departures and Arrivals in Touring Pacific Cultures (PDF, 0.9MB)John Taylor and Kalissa Alexeyeff doi
  2. Hawai‘i: Prelude to a Journey (PDF, 0.1MB)Selina Tusitala Marsh doi
  3. Darkness and Light in Black and White: Travelling Mission Imagery from the New Hebrides (PDF, 2.0MB)Lamont Lindstrom doi
  4. Tourism (PDF, 0.1MB)William C. Clarke doi
  5. The Cruise Ship (PDF, 0.3MB)Frances Steel doi
  6. Pitcairn and the Bounty Story (PDF, 0.6MB)Maria Amoamo doi
  7. Guys like Gauguin (PDF, 0.1MB)Selina Tusitala Marsh doi
  8. Statued (stat you?) Traditions (PDF, 0.1MB)Selina Tusitala Marsh doi
  9. Detouring Kwajalein: At Home Between Coral and Concrete in the Marshall Islands (PDF, 1.8MB)Greg Dvorak doi
  10. Yuki Kihara’s Culture for Sale and the History of Pacific Cultural Performance (PDF, 0.5MB)Mandy Treagus doi
  11. Native Realities in an Imaginary World: Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Art at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa (PDF, 0.8MB)A. Marata Tamaira doi
  12. Moving Towers: Worlding the Spectacle of Masculinities Between South Pentecost and Munich (PDF, 1.9MB)Margaret Jolly doi
  13. Writing Home on the Pari and Touring in Pacific Studies (PDF, 1.3MB)Jo Diamond doi
  14. Performing Indigenous Sovereignties across the Pacific (PDF, 0.4MB)Peter Phipps doi
  15. New Pacific Portraits: Voices from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (PDF, 1.1MB)Curated by Katerina Teaiwa and Joseph Vile doi
  16. Great Works (PDF, 0.1MB)Courtney Sina Meredith doi
  17. Ibu & Tufuga (PDF, 0.1MB)Courtney Sina Meredith doi
  18. Cross-currents: Teana and Moenau, Tahitian Tourists in Seattle (PDF, 1.0MB)Miriam Kahn, Teana Gooding and Moenau Holman doi
  19. Carnet de Voyage en Irlande (PDF, 0.1MB)Flora Aurima-Devatine doi
  20. A Trip from Port Moresby to Suva (PDF, 0.1MB)Bomai D. Witne doi
  21. Performing Cannibalism in the South Seas (PDF, 0.2MB)Tracey Banivanua Mar doi
  22. Touring ‘Real Life’? Authenticity and Village-based Tourism in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea (PDF, 1.1MB)Michelle MacCarthy doi
  23. Suva, November ’97 (PDF, 0.2MB)Anita Jowitt doi
  24. Pikinini in Paradise: Photography, Souvenirs and the ‘Child Native’ in Tourism (PDF, 0.5MB)John Taylor doi
  25. Bandit Singsing : The Tourism Unexperience (PDF, 0.6MB)John Cox doi
  26. The Friendly Islands? Tonga’s Ambivalent Relationship with Tourism (PDF, 0.1MB)Helen Lee doi
  27. Re-purposing Paradise: Tourism, Image and Affect (PDF, 0.6MB)Kalissa Alexeyeff doi
  28. Local Tourist on a Bus Ride Home (PDF, 0.1MB)Audrey Brown-Pereira doi
  29. Mixed Bag of Tropical Sweets Sitting Outside the Hotel R & R (PDF, 0.1MB)Audrey Brown-Pereira doi
  30. Fiji: Reflections in the Infinity Pool (PDF, 0.2MB)John Connell doi
  31. Afterword: Ambivalence, Ambiguity and the ‘Wicked Problem’ of Pacific Tourist Studies (PDF, 0.1MB)Jane C. Desmond doi


Through a collection of 31 chapters – including a powerful introduction and afterword – the editors have curated an ambitious range of topics.
—Mitiana Arbon, The Journal of Pacific History, Vol 53(4), 2018
The full review can been read on the Taylor and Francis website

What makes Touring Pacific Cultures stand out is how the editors, Kalissa Alexeyeff and John Taylor, have put together a volume that is both informative and outstandingly innovative. Their description of the book's goals in the introduction to explore 'how culture is defined, produced, experienced and sustained through tourism-related practices' is well realised.
—Gretchen Stolte, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 43, July 2019

The full review can been read on the Intersections website

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