Tourist Aesthetics in the Global Flow: Orientalism and “Warrior Theatre” on the Swahili Coast

@article{Kasfir2004TouristAI,
  title={Tourist Aesthetics in the Global Flow: Orientalism and “Warrior Theatre” on the Swahili Coast},
  author={Sidney Littlefield Kasfir},
  journal={Visual Anthropology},
  year={2004},
  volume={17},
  pages={319 - 343}
}
  • S. Kasfir
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • History, Art
  • Visual Anthropology
In this article I bring together two strands of history, namely a longstanding Swahili Coast mercantilism seen in the context of a very permeable ocean frontier, and the much more recent experience of modernity, in some kind of mutual dialogue which engages both global and local outcomes. The broad topic I explore is the development of the Swahili Coast as a tourism “destination” in the late twentieth century. As an art historian, I am particularly interested in the effects of this latest… 

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