Authenticity in tourism and native title: Place, time and spatial politics in the East Kimberley

Lane, R and Waitt, G 2001, 'Authenticity in tourism and native title: Place, time and spatial politics in the East Kimberley', Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 381-405.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Authenticity in tourism and native title: Place, time and spatial politics in the East Kimberley
Author(s) Lane, R
Waitt, G
Year 2001
Journal name Social and Cultural Geography
Volume number 2
Issue number 4
Start page 381
End page 405
Total pages 24
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This study examines the concepts of authenticity involved in the production and consumption of tourist experiences in the East Kimberley region of northern Australia. It contrasts the notions of authenticity produced in this domain with those produced in the legal context of indigenous land claims made through the Native Title process (Native Title Act 1993) in Australia. Our aim in making this comparison is to develop a deeper understanding of how the place-images of tourism relate to the politics of land use and land tenure in the East Kimberley. Environment and Aboriginal culture are the two unique aspects of northern Australia most commonly commodi.ed by the tourism industry. We concentrate on relationships between the tourism industry and Aboriginal culture in the East Kimberley using the term 'Aboriginal cultural tourism' to denote the packaging of Aboriginal culture for tourist consumption. We describe experiences and expectations of tourists, tourism operators and Aboriginal people from the Miriuwung and Gajerrong groups regarding Aboriginal cultural tourism. Drawing on a multi-method approach that includes interviews, .eld observations and survey techniques we examine how ideas of authenticity are formed and promoted and their potential for change. We then compare and contrast ideas of authentic Aboriginal culture produced within the tourism industry with those produced within a Native Title claim. Interrogated in this way, the concept of authenticity is interpreted as a socially constructed value that provides a means to understanding how Aboriginal cultural tourism and tourism more generally connects with broader spatial politics.
Subject Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14649360120092607
Copyright notice © 2001 Taylor and Francis Ltd
ISSN 1464-9365
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