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Backpacker hotspots: Cultural and social change of place and identity. A study from Taganga, Colombia

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dc.contributor.author Jacobsen, Trine Mjølhus
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-16T13:04:03Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-16T13:04:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/4310
dc.description.abstract This study examines the social and cultural impacts of backpacker tourism in a small coastal Colombian village. The national security in Colombia has improved much the last decade and Taganga has hence been established as a backpacker hotspot with increased tourism arrivals every year. Previous characteristics of an isolated town of fishermen and a traditional organization of the economy have been exchanged with capitalism, modernization and Western influences through in-migration and backpacker arrivals. This is a thesis about backpacker tourism, and foremost about the challenges met by local residents in how to handle the increasing tourist masses and how to continuously reconstruct their own identity both separately from and in connection to tourism. Through engaging with theories of place identity, place meanings and social representations of place I seek to understand cultural belonging and meanings attached to Taganga. The empirical work is based upon qualitative methods whereby I have analysed the identities and cultures existing in Taganga, both regarding native inhabitants, backpackers and in-migrants from elsewhere in Colombia. The analyses have recognized the complexity that exists within defined social units, and the many ways different groups of people comprehend and give meanings to place. Different conceptions of place are utilized and necessary for understanding how and why different people engage differently with one particular locality. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights Copyright the author. All rights reserved en
dc.subject Backpacking en
dc.subject Place en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Tourism en
dc.subject Colombia
dc.subject Taganga
dc.title Backpacker hotspots: Cultural and social change of place and identity. A study from Taganga, Colombia en
dc.type Master thesis
dc.type.degree Master
dc.type.course GEO350 en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Samfunnsgeografi: 290 no
dc.rightsHolder The author en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad
dc.subject.nus 733111
dc.type.program MASV-GEOG


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