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New Ethnography on Afro-Antillean Experience in Panama and Tourism by Carla Guerrón Montero

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Article by UDaily staff; June 05, 2020

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Carla Guerrón Montero, professor of anthropology with joint appointments in Africana studies, women and gender studies, and Latin American and Iberian studies, has published the historical ethnography From Temporary Migrants to Permanent Attractions: Tourism, Cultural Heritage, and Afro-Antillean Identities in Panama (University of Alabama Press, 2020). The book analyzes the ways in which tourism becomes a vehicle for the development of specific kinds of institutional multiculturalism and nation-building projects in a country that prides itself on being multiethnic and racially democratic. It discusses how Afro-Antilleans have struggled since their arrival to become part of Panama’s narrative of nationhood and traces their evolution from plantation workers for the United Fruit Company to tourism workers. In using the lens of transnational tourism, the book offers a new reading of Panama's nation-building process.

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