Dean MacCannell nicely captured an aspect of this problem in his concept ” staged authenticity.” This term refers to the staging of local culture to create an. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. This chapter reviews the staged authenticity in cultural arrangements beyond tourism and the implications of this relocation, also exploring Dean MacCannell.

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Consequently, an increasing number of indigenous communities all over the world are becoming important members of the tourist industry [ 3 ].

According to articles 11, 14, 15 and 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Indigenous people have a right to keep secret their sacred and ritual knowledge in accordance with their customary laws.

Visitors were selected using convenience sampling while indigenous tourism operators were selected using a combination of purposeful and convenience sampling authetnicity 20 ].

Tourists consider personal interaction with Aboriginal people a critical component of an authentic indigenous tourism experience. These authwnticity views were evident from the responses we obtained from indigenous tourism operators, as discussed in the section below.

Surveys were administered over a two week period to indigenous tour operators and visitors at six locations throughout the region.

Real (or) Staged? Authenticity and Cultural Portrayal in Indigenous Tourism

As one participant stated, they do not expect tourism to have any negative impact on their culture as long as they retain control of the venture. The rest of the groups required to obtain approval for all cultural presentations from the elders. One person interviewed said that he frequently sees Aborigines drunk in the streets athenticity Cairns so, therefore, he does not think they are nice people. The Ethics of Sightseeing Author s: Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.


Users without a subscription are not able authenhicity see the full content. Unsurprisingly, Taylor [ 26 ] compares culture to nature by stating that, macdannell nature, culture too is under attack from the evils of late capitalism.

This study sought to examine the perceptions of authenticity in cultural portrayals of Aboriginal tourism in far north Queensland. University Press Scholarship Online. Two of the business operations allowed their guides to exercise personal discretion about how much of their culture they are willing to share.

The implication of this statement is that visitors lack the factual basis upon which they can make judgments on authenticity. The far north Queensland region is home to numerous Aboriginal communities. Despite the threat posed by capitalism and globalization to cultural authenticity, there are still certain aspects of indigenous culture which is never shared. Notwithstanding the small number of Aboriginal tour operators interviewed, their stories were deep, and comprehensive enough to warrant comparison with the interview responses obtained from tourists.

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. The shifting positions in perception, within the authenticinauthentic spectrum, between visitors and indigenous tourism operators, calls for the exploration of the question of how contemporary socio-economic processes of commodification, corporatization and globalisation has affected cultural portrayal, and hence authenticity.

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All the indigenous tourism operators interviewed for this study claimed not to have experienced any negative repercussions from tourism maccannwll to have actually benefited from the influx of visitors.

Surveys were administered to both visitors and Aboriginal tourism operators in the selected towns. Research Article Open Access. Literature often cites rituals as bearing the brunt of tourisms negative impacts.


The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews using semistructured questionnaires. Tourists are more likely to resort to make-believe to overlook any shortcomings in order to have an authentic experience [ 18 ], which could explain why there were an overwhelming number of authentic responses in this study.

Staged Authenticity Today

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world market today. Cultures maccaannell also become crushed by the sheer number of tourists that flock to popular destinations [ 39 ].

When adapted for touristic displays, rituals frequently are shortened, embellished, or, in some instances, completely invented in order to meet public demand [ 38 ]. For this reason, operators such have built their tourism business models around less controversial cultural activities, such as bush walks and historical presentations. The study further found that stwged use of theatrical effects in cultural presentations was viewed maccannel by tourists.

When this happens, the rituals can become divorced from their original cultural significance [ 14 ].

Furthermore, indigenous tourism is seen as a way of reducing welfare dependency and strengthening cultural identity among Aboriginal people, as well as being a means of positioning Australia as a culturally distinctive destination [ 313 ]. The problems previously mentioned in the preexisting literature are the result of a top down approach where outside groups attempt to transform Aboriginal experiences to meet market demand [ 2 ]. The tourism industry is often accused of objectifying people and cultures in order to represent the world in the most marketable way [ 7 ].