Tourism–terrorism: The landscaping of consumption and the darker side of place
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 118–140, February 2005
How to Cite
Ness, S. A. (2005), Tourism–terrorism: The landscaping of consumption and the darker side of place. American Ethnologist, 32: 118–140. doi: 10.1525/ae.2005.32.1.118
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Tourism destinations are increasingly subject to locational forms of violence that enable certain conceptualizations of terrorism. This enabling is undermined to some extent when touristic landscaping is understood from a phenomenological perspective and the darker side of its placelike character is illuminated. Touristic landscapes are capable of producing injurious, traumatic forms of disemplacement via their consumption-oriented spatializing of preexisting cultural places. One Philippine luxury destination, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, a target of locational violence in 2001, illustrates how the landscaping of tourist destinations can serve to embed and to signify potential sources of locational violence.