Music and tourism in Cusco, Peru: culture as a resource

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Title: Music and tourism in Cusco, Peru: culture as a resource
Author: LaBate, Elizabeth Ann
Abstract: This dissertation explores music in Cusco , Peru found in the festivals and other performance contexts related to tourism . The central thesis considers what happen when culture becomes a resource for socio -economic development . First the historical emergence of culture as a resource is examined through the discourse of international agencies , folklorists , and travelers . Next , various contexts of music and tourism in Cusco highlight specific examples of culture as a resource , such as Inti Raymi , other raymi festivals , the pilgrimage of Señor de Qoyllur rit’i , dinner show restaurants , and nightclubs . In each example , I discuss the history of the performance context , the musical repertoire , opportunities for musicians , and how local people keep the performance relevant to their lives . While critics have called cultural tourism a devil’s bargain and proponents have called it a panacea to under -development , I conclude that the real effects of culture as a resource in Cusco are more complex . I analyze the music in conjunction with social conditions of asymmetric power as the aestheticization of poverty .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6856
Date: 2010-02-03

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Music and tourism in Cusco, Peru: culture as a resource. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6856 .

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