A Conversation with Xianghong Feng, Author of "Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land"

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In this installment of Lexington Books' "Anthropology of Tourism: Heritage, Mobility and Society" Author Conversations, series editor Michael A. Di Giovine talks to anthropologist Xianghong Feng, author of the book, Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land: Power and Inequality in Rural China. With rich ethnographic detail, Feng focuses on the intersection of tourism development, power and inequality in the southern interior of China. Capital-intensive, elite-driven tourism has reshaped the social and cultural patterns of the ethnic Miao. Although tourism is often touted as able to empower women, lower classes, and minorities, Feng shows that often it reinforces the very power structures that it attempts to equalize.

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