Dean MacCannell nicely captured an aspect of this problem in his concept ” staged authenticity.” This term refers to the staging of local culture to create an. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring Dean MacCannell.

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Staged Authenticity Today

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. The operators have a cultural obligation to protect certain segments of their culture from public display to ensure cultural sensitivity in their presentation. Indigenous people have a right to protect traditional knowledge and sacred cultural material [ 27 ]. On the other hand, there are those who argue that its economic gains can lead to increased cultural preservation.

The prolonged survival of the community and the preservation of their culture depend on their ability to keep some elements of their culture private [ 10 ]. The overwhelming consensus from all those interviewed was that, players in the indigenous tourism market are still grappling with how they could appeal to a broad range of tourists without losing authenticity in their presentation of culture.

The question is whether, from the point of view of these respondents, this characterization of indigenous cultural productions truly captures the authenticity or inauthenticity in cultural portrayal.

This makes it ideal for the development of indigenous tourism, which both the government and other stakeholders are encouraging [ 12 ]. One person interviewed said that he frequently sees Aborigines drunk in the streets of Cairns so, therefore, he does not think they are nice people.

This however, leads to the question of who should hold the power to decide what is traditional, and therefore authentic cultural performance. March 13, ; Accepted Date: Surveys were administered to both visitors and Aboriginal tourism operators in the selected towns. In considering how to appeal to the widest possible audience, indigenous tourism operators have to consider how they will meet a range of tourist desires while maintaining a high level of authenticity regardless of visitor interests.

This phenomenon has been extensively documented in previous literature [ 1415 ]. The need to pass down stories from one generation to the next has also been revived since their children must learn their ancestral history if they too are to be successful in the tourism trade.


The Ethics of Sightseeing. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: In the end, the independent indigenous tourism operators envision their tourism ventures maccannelp a way to reduce their dependency on government assistance and, eventually, become totally self-sufficient. This study sought to examine the perceptions of authenticity in cultural portrayals of Aboriginal tourism in far north Queensland.

Opinion is divided as to whether such presenters can portray real authentic culture. Several groups stressed that entering the tourism market has forced them to relearn their stories.

Search my Subject Specializations: Many of the programs offered by the tour operators included in this study included a large educational component. In Australia, Aboriginal tourism has only recently emerged as an industry. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

The primary sentiment among those who expressed mixed feelings was that they had witnessed a staged performance based on the actual culture. And as Theodossopoulos asserts, authentic portrayal of indigenous cultures is inherently difficult to balance with modernization and lifestyle changes within the community maccanbell 6 ]. Jeremy Bentham believed that the design of the prison should guarantee visibility of the whole of the prison to the whole of the outside world.

Half of this group felt that the experience had been totally staged, while the other half had mixed thoughts about its degree of authenticity. A plausible assumption in much of the contemporary literature, concerning the impacts of modern tourism on host societies, is that tourism leads to commoditization of the life of authenticiy community and destroys authenticity of local cultural products and human relations [ 4 ]. If done properly, these celebrations of culture can have extremely positive impacts.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world market today.

The continued growth in this tourism sub-sector has been attributed to a shift in tourist desires away from trips involving participation with modernized, centered cultures to experiences with groups who have historically been along the margins [ 2 ].

Guidelines Upcoming Special Issues. These contested views were evident from the responses we obtained from indigenous tourism operators, as discussed in the section below. Souvenirs and other cultural goods can be used to showcase and express culture and are useful in authenticating the perception on traditionality. Instead, the independent indigenous tour operators see visitors as a way to make money while still remaining on their ancestral lands and continuing to engage in their traditional practices and belief systems [ 38 ].

In addition, there was a marked preference for purchasing souvenirs directly from the communities that produced them.

Through this process, they can neatly package their culture into an easily digestible format that does not offend tribal members nor overwhelm their visitors [ 36 ]. The free flowing conversations with the operators were useful in helping to draw deeper meanings of indigenous cultural values and their attendant presentations.


Under stagev terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use for details see www. Within the Aboriginal community, tourism is seen as a practical, important way to provide an economic base to ensure that communities prosper and that Aboriginal heritage is supported [ 11 ].

Towards this end, the government has been encouraging the development of indigenous cultural tourism in regional and remote areas of Australia, so that indigenous communities may capitalise on their maccannlel natural and cultural assets [ 12 ].

Cultures can also become crushed by the sheer number of tourists that flock to popular destinations [ 39 ]. Furthermore, indigenous tourism is seen as a way of reducing welfare dependency and strengthening cultural identity among Aboriginal people, as well as satged a means of positioning Australia as a culturally distinctive maccahnell [ 313 ].

Clearly, many of the performers had minimal understanding of their own culture, but were very eager to learn and reconnect with it.

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This is partly in response to an increasing interest in Aboriginal culture, by both domestic and overseas visitors. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Fortunately, tourism provides an avenue for communities to correct these misconceptions and demonstrate that the alcoholics seen in the larger towns are not representative of the overall population.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. An employee explained that performers enter into an agreement with the parent corporation to be for regular wage increment. The far north Queensland region is home to numerous Aboriginal communities. Tourist perceptions of authenticity after participating in an indigenous tourist experience.

According to Theodossopoulos [ 16 ], this multiplicity of meanings provides an escape from a strict and limiting definition of the authentic, an opportunity to apply their own specific meaning. It could therefore be said that, the tourists were looking for provenance from the artefacts, to judge their authenticity. Maccannelll indigenous tourism operators expressed similar aughenticity on dealing with maccanjell that is they strive to maintain the amccannell of their cultural performances.