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Causevic, Senija and Neal, Mark (2019) 'The Exotic Veil: Managing tourist perceptions of national history and statehood in Oman.' Tourism Management, 71. pp. 504-517.

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Abstract

This article explores how and why some national governments seek to manage and control tourist-oriented narratives about historic sites and artefacts. Discussing ethnographic research among tour guides, tourists and government representatives in Oman, the paper reveals how the country's historic sites are overwhelmingly staged and presented without historical information. Instead, history is displaced by sanitised presentations of cultural heritage, the display of which draws an "exotic veil", crafted to enchant and deflect tourist attention from politically sensitive historical events and legacies. The study examines reasons for this policy, and its implications for tourists and those working in the tourism industry. Many of Oman's tour guides and site representatives are from marginalised groupings, experiencing inequalities due to historical family, tribal and former slave status. The state-sustained exotic veil on history means that such workers are obliged to collude in denying the historical reasons for their own experiences of injustice and inequality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Orientalism, Oman, cultural heritage, tour guides, museums, political instability, exotic veil
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
ISSN: 02615177
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.10.001
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 11:25
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/29927

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