Eat, pray, love mimic: Female citizenship and otherness

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Abstract

Looking at Asia and the Asian Diaspora as a geopolitical post-colonial space, this paper aims to examine the role of travel and tourism as a sign of modernity and how it influenced and reconstruct the use of existing spatial gender categorization in cultural practices. Through the understanding of tradition as a fluid bodily knowledge in contemporary cultural political economics, this paper questions the intervention and innovation of the female bodies in Asian global tourism and indigenous Diaspora subjects within globalization. Based on the novel Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, to mediate the analysis of the effect on space in cultural modernity, in the construction of otherness, which provokes the understanding of other culture as 'non-modern' yet reiterating tourism as one of the possible mechanism to mediate this encounter in bringing the 'un-modern' cultural practices to the world of modernity. This paper seeks to discuss the invisibility and visibility of female bodies in tourism space and cultural imagination by using specific examples of various events mentioned in the book that convey contradictory memories and values to local citizens and, in the meanwhile, the space and events are re-appropriated again for the purpose of globalized concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalSouth Asian Popular Culture
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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