Footprints on the Beach: Traces of Colonial Adventure in Narratives of Independent Tourism

Tickell, Alex (2001). Footprints on the Beach: Traces of Colonial Adventure in Narratives of Independent Tourism. Postcolonial Studies, 4(1) pp. 39–54.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790120046861

Abstract

This article analyses the imperial imaginary intrinsic to forms of 'independent' tourism and reads Alex Garland's cult novel of independent travel 'The Beach' as an expression of contemporary cultural encounter. Drawing on theories of tourism, my analysis tried to show how 'independent' tourism, although narrated as a more culturally sensitive form of encounter than conventional tourism, often 'Others' host populations in characteristically postcolonial ways.

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