Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics

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Tackling the dearth of politically-engaged work on travel and tourism, this book provides a counter-narrative of travel-worlds shaped by divergent legacies: of colonialism, crusades, migration, diaspora, displacement, tourism, ethnography, political insurgency and transnationalization. The issues addressed include: north-south traffic in hip hop, Kung-Fu and sex tourism; missionaries in India, academics in the west; Saint George as an Arab soldier in The Crusades; the Indian-Pakistan border, displacement and defiance; mobile resistance to nation-state hegemonies in Bangladesh; the international market value of dead tourists; pop personalities, MTV and souvenir culture; diasporized Mirpuri youth on travel; touring black women, pleasure islands; and ethnographers abroad. Such diverse journeys are plotted using counter-hegemonic perspectives on the politics and practice of travel.

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Raminder Kaur has recently finished her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is Artistic Director and chief script writer of Chandica Arts.

John Hutnyk is currently European Research Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Heidelberg.

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?Travel Words dares you to embark on a variety of journeys simultaneously-from magical-mystical tours that promise to fulfil the private fantasies of jaded tourists and eager missionaries to new journeys across old borders that have become terribly real by virtue of being more psychological than territorial. This collection explores exciting psycho-geographical spaces through journeys that somewhere along the way become journeys into the self? - Ashis Nandy

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