WANDERLUST: SEX & GENDER IN GLOBAL TOURISM
Tourism is among one of the world's largest industries, generating trillions of dollars in revenues and employing millions. It is heavily relied upon as an economic strategy for developing countries. This course will examine the gendered cultural practices of travel and the impact tourism has on both host and guest communities. Leisure activities were once deemed unimportant topics for study. However, tourism has been a central dimension of globalization, and it can be used as a lens to reflect on many questions about identity and heritage, commoditization, historical and cultural representation, authenticity and ownership, neoliberalism, inequality, gender relations, environmental sustainability, and more. We will examine various forms of tourism, including, but not limited to: ethnic, historical, regional, and ecotourism. We will pay close attention to health and medical tourism, a growing phenomenon in today's global world. Themes of the gaze, authenticity, identity, consumption, ritual, borders, and pilgrimage will be considered throughout the term especially with regard to the ways in which they simultaneously draw upon and reconstruct notions of the "Other" that are built upon social constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, etc. There are no prerequisites for this course, although GSWS 0100: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; GSWS 0500: Introduction to Feminist Theory; or another course on gender is recommended.