Abjection and Its Correction in Ethnographic Studies (Jill Adair McCaughan)
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Title: Abjection and Its Correction in Ethnographic Studies
Sub-title: Communication Issues in the Cultural Tourism of Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Author(s): Jill Adair McCaughan
|This work explores the problematic nature of ethnographic research in regard to power differentials experienced by ethnographers and researched communities. The case study location was Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a small island located off the Yucatan coast, eight miles northeast of Cancun. Because of its close proximity to one of the world's most quickly developing tourist resort areas, this ""less developed"" island community provided an excellent location for ethnographic research into the relationship between the international tourism industry and changes as they are experienced in the daily loves of indigenous people and settlers from other parts of Mexico. The study focuses specifically on the ongoing creation of the identity of the island as a home and as a site of tourism, as communicated through promotional texts and through personal interaction between tourists and islanders. The book takes into account the ways in which the presence of the researcher and the goals and methods of the research both mediate and participate in the modification of the tourism-based economy as well as the social milieu of the research communities. It affords a greater understanding of how the praxis of conducting ethnographic research can be modified in way such as to augment the validity of ethnographic conclusions while benefiting all of the parties involved in the research.