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Whiteness, Weddings, and Tourism in the Caribbean

Paradise for Sale

Authors: Wilkes, Karen

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About this book

This book examines myths of the Caribbean as paradise. These myths are used as a backdrop to market destination white weddings. The book is interdisciplinary and uses historical and contemporary visual texts to examine the way in which middle class white womanhood assumes a decorative, privileged, and elevated position within contemporary images of destination weddings in the Caribbean. To facilitate the notion of the Caribbean as paradise, the book argues that this production of luxury is highly dependent on the positioning of blackness as servitude. To this end, tourism marketing appropriates the Caribbean’s history of slavery; transforming the region into a site where whiteness can consume black labor as luxury.

About the authors

Karen Wilkes is Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University, UK. Her book chapter, From the Landscape to the White Female Body, was published in the edited collection Mediating the Tourist Experience (2013). Her journal article, Colluding with Neoliberalism, was published in Feminist Review in July 2015. 

Reviews

“This book is a timely and highly original study of the romanticization of the Caribbean alongside the representation of gender in tourist literature. In its interdisciplinary focus on the intersecting identities of gender, ‘race,’ and class, it adopts an innovative semiotic and discursive approach.” (Stuart Hanson, Senior Lecturer in Media & Communication, De Montfort University, UK, and joint editor of the CCCS Selected Working Papers, Vols. 1 & 2 (2007)).

“Wilkes establishes striking visual and discursive connections between destination weddings and the complex histories of place, race, and sex. Her flowing text makes the Caribbean landscape a palimpsest: overwritten with gendered and racialized power relations reformulated through time, from slavery through to luxury leisure consumption.” (Steve Garner, Visiting Academic, Open University, UK) 

“In this significant and innovative contribution to tourist studies, this book provides a thought-provoking analysis of the visual construction of people and place. Deeply embedded in the histories of the Caribbean, it employs discourse analysis to demonstrate the continued role of visual texts in defining contemporary understandings of the region as a tourist destination. In so doing, the book challenges the reader to think about the implications of accepting historically established narratives that label people and place as ‘playful’ paradise for tourism consumption.” (Jo-Anne Lester, Principal Lecturer in Tourism Studies, University of Brighton, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wilkes, Karen

    Pages 1-13

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  • Using Intersectionality to Challenge Visual Myths of Paradise

    Wilkes, Karen

    Pages 15-51

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  • White Masculine Voices and Their Construction of the Colonized Woman as Sexual Primitive

    Wilkes, Karen

    Pages 53-90

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  • Procuring White Femininity in the Colonies

    Wilkes, Karen

    Pages 91-123

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  • Resurrecting Colonialism: Tourism in Jamaica During the Nineteenth Century and Beyond

    Wilkes, Karen

    Pages 125-170

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50391-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50390-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Whiteness, Weddings, and Tourism in the Caribbean
Book Subtitle
Paradise for Sale
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50391-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50391-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50390-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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