From temporary migrants to permanent attractions : tourism, cultural heritage, and Afro-Antillean identities in Panama
- Carla Guerrón Montero
- Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, 
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- xiv, 208 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- Guerrón-Montero, Carla María, 1970- author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index
- List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction
- Chapter 1. Panamenismo and Panamenidad: Converging Ideologies in the Construction of Panamanian National Identity
- Chapter 2. Panama's Temporary Migrants: The Afro-Antillean Presence in the National Narrative
- Chapter 3. "Panama Is More Than a Canal": The Twenty-First Century and the Panamanian Tourism Industry
- Chapter 4. Touring the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro
- Chapter 5. Afro-Antilleanness Represented: Museums, Theme Parks, and the Manufacturing of History
- Chapter 6. The Permanent Attractions: Music and Cuisine as Malleable "Ethnic Commodities"
- Chapter 7. Conclusions: Afro-Antillean Identity Construction, International Tourism, and the New Symbols of Panamenidad Glossary Notes References Index.
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- Publisher's summary
A new reading of Panama's nation-building process, interpreted through a lens of transnational tourism. Based on long-term ethnographic and archival research, From Temporary Migrants to Permanent Attractions: Tourism, Cultural Heritage, and Afro-Antillean Identities in Panama considers the intersection of tourism, multiculturalism, and nation building. Carla GuerrOn Montero analyzes the ways in which tourism becomes a vehicle for the development of specific kinds of institutional multiculturalism and nation-building projects in a country that prides itself on being multiethnic and racially democratic. The narrative centers on Panamanian Afro-Antilleans who arrived in Panama in the nineteenth century from the Greater and Leeward Antilles as a labor force for infrastructural projects and settled in Panama City, ColOn, and the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. The volume discusses how Afro-Antilleans, particularly in Bocas del Toro, have struggled since their arrival to become part of Panama's narrative of nationhood and traces their evolution from plantation workers for the United Fruit Company to tourism workers. GuerrOn Montero notes that in the current climate of official tolerance, they have seized the moment to improve their status within Panamanian society, while also continuing to identify with their Caribbean heritage in ways that conflict with their national identity.
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- Black people > Race identity > Panama.
- Antilleans > Race identity > Panama.
- Black people > Panama > Social conditions.
- Antilleans > Panama > Social conditions.
- Foreign workers, Antillean > Panama.
- Tourism > Social aspects > Panama.
- Tourism > Social aspects > Panama > Bocas del Toro (Province)
- National characteristics, Panamanian.
- Panama > Race relations.
- Bocas del Toro (Panama : Province) > Social conditions.
- Publication date
- 9780817320614 hardcover
- 081732061X hardcover
- 9780817392970 electronic book
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