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March 21, 2012
9780253001238
English
280
20 b&w illus., 2 maps
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.9 Pounds (US)
$24.00 USD, £19.00 GBP
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Behind the Smile, Second Edition, Second Edition

The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism

Behind the Smile is an inside look at the world of Caribbean tourism as seen through the lives of the men and women in the tourist industry in Barbados. The workers represent every level of tourism, from maid to hotel manager, beach gigolo to taxi driver, red cap to diving instructor. These highly personal accounts offer insight into complex questions surrounding tourism: how race shapes interactions between tourists and workers, how tourists may become agents of cultural change, the meaning of sexual encounters between locals and tourists, and the real economic and ecological costs of development through tourism. This updated edition updates the text and includes several new narratives and a new chapter about American students' experiences during summer field school and home stays in Barbados.

About the Author

George Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco and Union College. He has studied Irish Travellers, return migrants, commercial fishermen, Alaska natives, Caribbean villagers and tourism workers, and American professional baseball players. He is the author of eleven books, including (with Sharon Bohn Gmelch) Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley (Indiana University Press, 2011). He has written two other books on Barbados: Double Passage, which is about return migration, and The Parish behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados. He has also written widely for general audiences, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Natural History.

Reviews

"Provides extraordinary insight into the personal views of tourism workers in Barbados. . . . [M]ake[s] interesting and sometimes surprising reading."—The Nation (Barbados), reviewing a previous edition or volume

"The narratives are thought-provoking and Gmelch's comments are insightful. Everyone in the tourist industry should have this book on their shelves."—Anthropological Quarterly, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Highly readable, conversational prose. . . . [Gmelch] is deserving of the most positive comparisons with Studs Terkel."—Amanda Stronza, Americas, reviewing a previous edition or volume

". . . provides extraordinary insight into the personal views of tourism workers in Barbados. . . [T]he answers of the tourism workers make interesting and sometimes surprising reading."—The Nation (Barbardos)

"The narratives are thought-provoking and Gmelch's comments are insightful. Everyone in the tourist industry should have this book on their shelves."—Anthropological Quarterly

". . . highly readable, conversational prose. . . . [Gmelch] is deserving of the most positive comparisons with Studs Terkel."—Americas

"The narratives are thought-provoking and Gmelch's comments are insightful. Everyone in the tourist industry should have this book on their shelves."—Anthropological Quarterly

"Highly readable, conversational prose. . . . [Gmelch] is deserving of the most positive comparisons with Studs Terkel."—Amanda Stronza, Americas

"Provides extraordinary insight into the personal views of tourism workers in Barbados. . . . [M]ake[s] interesting and sometimes surprising reading."—The Nation (Barbados)
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