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Turismo occidentale e Africa "primordiale". Una ricerca in territorio masai (Kenya)

Signe Therese Strøm
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 56, Antropologia del turismo (Oct., 2007), pp. 83-89
Published by: Grafo Spa
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40205583
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The article examines the potential of ecotourism as a promoter of sustainable development in a Masai community in Kenya. It discusses the problems arising from the conflict between environmental conservation policies and local interests: tourism creates jobs and is a source of income, but at the same time the Masai Mara reserve limits access to grazing land and sources of water that are important for the local herdsmen. The article highlights the fact that many women achieve greater economic independence thanks to work opportunities such as the sale of Masai crafts. Nevertheless, it raises the question of whether women's earnings allow men to avoid their responsibilities towards their families. Furthermore, it discusses several issues regarding the encounter between guests and hosts, and the commercialisation of the local culture.

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