[Soasiastudents] New Time and Place For Butz Presentation
snodgras at u.washington.edu
Thu Jan 25 09:36:36 PST 2007
Sustainable Tourism & Everyday Life in Shimshal, Karakoram Himalaya, Pakistan.
(note new time and location for this event)
by Dr. David Butz, Brock University, St. Cathatrines, Ontario, Canada
This presentation considers the implications of everyday life for the development of so-called sustainable community-based tourism in Shimshal, Northern Areas, Pakistan. It focuses on the circumstances of Shimshal's trekking porters to argue that the sustainability of community-level tourism strategies relies to some extent on their success at complementing the tactics community members develop to incorporate tourism into the exigencies of their everyday lives. This argument is situated in a more general discussion of the need to avoid abstracting from the scale of the individual to that of the community, and from the realm of tactics to that of strategies, in conceptualising and operationalising community-based tourism.
Motivation to examine this topic was provided by a report titled Community-Based Mountain Tourism: Practices for Linking Conservation with Enterprise, which provides a variety of informative case studies, recommendations and best practices for developing community-based tourism in mountain areas, but which offers no substantial consideration of everyday life; no ontological sense that real human beings have to find satisfactory ways of weaving tourism involvement into lives already brimming with meaning, obligation, fear, expectation, desire....life.
David Butz teaches social and cultural geography, and qualitative research design. He is currently Director of the Interdisciplinary MA Program in Social Justice and Equity Studies, where he has taught the required theory and methodology courses. Professor Butz has a BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a PhD from McMaster University. He recently completed a SSHRC-funded research project which examined colonial and contemporary labour relations in the mountains of northern Pakistan, and is currently in the midst of a second SSHRC project dealing with the constitution of spatiality in Jamaican reggae music.
Jan. 30, 3:30 PM
Associate Director & Outreach Coordinator
South Asia Center, Jackson School
Box 353650, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
e:snodgras at u.washington.edu
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