Controversial commodities: the transformations of relationships in the realm of tourism in Cuba

Leading researcher: Valerio Simoni Riba
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Social Anthropology | Economic anthropology | Anthropology of tourism


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/66483/2009
Starting date: 01-07-10

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Abstract

The research is about the commoditization of social relations, and the controversies it generates. This issue is addressed empirically through a detailed analysis of relationships that develop in the realm of tourism in Cuba, where commoditization becomes a constant source of controversy. The research first considers the expectations that tourists and Cubans have towards the nature of their relationships. It then follows how these expectations are (re)negotiated as tourists and Cubans interact. Subsequently, it examines how tourists and Cubans (re)evaluate their relationships in conversations they have among fellow tourists and among fellow Cubans. The research draws together, in an innovative way, current scholarship in economic anthropology with anthropological investigations of sexuality, love, intimacy and friendship, particularly in the realm of tourism. It promises to shed new light on controversial processes of commoditization, and to assess the potential of encounters across difference and inequality to transform the meaning of social relationships.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub153*Paulo RaposoSupervisorproj308*Controversial commodities: the transformations of relationships in the realm of tourism in CubaPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub228*Valerio Simoni RibaResearch scholarproj308*Controversial commodities: the transformations of relationships in the realm of tourism in CubaPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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