The Resource To hell with paradise : a history of the Jamaican tourist industry, Frank Fonda Taylor, (electronic resource)

To hell with paradise : a history of the Jamaican tourist industry, Frank Fonda Taylor, (electronic resource)

Label
To hell with paradise : a history of the Jamaican tourist industry
Title
To hell with paradise
Title remainder
a history of the Jamaican tourist industry
Statement of responsibility
Frank Fonda Taylor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the course of the nineteenth century, Jamaica transformed itself from a pestilence-ridden "white man's graveyard" to a sun-drenched tourist paradise. Deftly combining economics with political and cultural history, Frank Fonda Taylor examines this puzzling about-face and explores the growth of the tourist industry into the 1990s. He argues that the transformations in image and reality were not accidental or due simply to nature's bounty. They were the result of a conscious decision to develop this aspect of Jamaica's economy. Jamaican tourism emerged formally at an international exhibition held in the island in 1891. The international tourist industry, based on the need to take a break from stressful labor and recuperate in healthful and luxurious surroundings, was a newly awakened economic giant. A group of Jamaican entrepreneurs saw its potential and began to cultivate a tourism psychology which has led, one hundred years later, to an economy dependent upon the tourist industry. The steamships that carried North American tourists to Jamaican resorts also carried U.S. prejudices against people of color. "To Hell with Paradise" illustrates the problems of founding a tourist industry for a European or U.S. clientele in a society where the mass of the population is poor, black, and with a historical experience of slavery and colonialism. By the 1990s, tourism had become the lifeblood of the Jamaican economy, but at enormous social cost: enclaves of privilege and ostentation that exclude the bulk of the local population, drug trafficking and prostitution, soaring prices, and environmental degradation. No wonder some Jamaicans regard tourism as a new kind of sugar. Taylor explores timely issues that have not been previously addressed. Along the way, he offers a series of valuable micro histories of the Jamaican planter class, the origins of agricultural dependency (on bananas), the growth of shipping and communications links, the process of race relations, and the linking of infrastructural development to tourism. The text is illustrated with period photographs of steamships and Jamaican tourist hotels
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
338.4/7917292
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
G155.J25
LC item number
T4 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Pitt Latin American series
Label
To hell with paradise : a history of the Jamaican tourist industry, Frank Fonda Taylor, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-231) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn606972475
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 239 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822937548
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt74qb9c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b32978455
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606972475
  • jstor0822972476
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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