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Title: Representation and art production among the contemporary Maya : form, meaning and value of the artesanías from the Puuc region of Yucatán, Mexico
Author: Scott, Mary Katherine
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2012
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The steady rise in tourism in Yucatan beginning in the 1960s has made producing and selling handicrafts a profitable industry and an appealing alternative to other lines of work. The exotic or timeless image of the Maya presented by the tourism industry and popular media sources has influenced the kinds of artistic objects that are produced and sold within Yucatan. Recognising this, artisans create pieces that will appeal to tourists' perceptions of what constitutes authentic Maya culture. Similar situations exist all over the world in indigenous communities that have experienced a sharp rise in tourism in the last fifty years. This has provided an endless array of case studies for anthropologists interested in studying the effects of globalisation and the tourism industry in indigenous areas. In addition to the growing interest in tourism as an anthropological, sociological, economic, and artistic phenomenon has been a greater concern with studying the objects produced in zones of cross-cultural encounter, and the ways in which they are exchanged and consumed by tourists. This PhD thesis discusses tourist art production among the contemporary Maya in the Puuc region of Yucatan, Mexico. Working within tourist art studies as my broader field of scholarly enquiry, I analyse artesanias, a kind of tourist art, for my specific case study. The thesis focuses on representation in Puuc artesanias, and specifically the ideas that are expressed via their form, meaning and value in the context of the Puuc region tourism industry, the vehicle that makes commercial handicraft production possible and viable. The thesis analysis explores how the form and presentation of an object affect its meaning for different actors or agents involved in its production and consumption. The research addresses the way value systems are constructed and how they influence what we consider beautiful, meaningful, or worthy of being purchased or collected. Finally, it examines how the tourism industry affects the creativity, livelihood and identity of Maya artisans who are caught between the tensions of modernity and tradition inherent in any post-colonial society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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