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Mediating Escape: Caribbean Conversations on In/Security, Tourism and Mobility

Mains, Susan P. (2017) Mediating Escape: Caribbean Conversations on In/Security, Tourism and Mobility. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. (Unpublished)

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The Caribbean has figured prominently in narratives of security, mobility and transnational connections. Referred to as the 'Third Border' in US foreign policies, and inhabiting contradictory geopolitical spaces between North and South America, the region also negotiates narratives of inbetweenness and in/security in relation to more 'leisurely' pursuits, notably tourism. In this working paper, I begin an exploration of the ways in which representations of in/security and mobililty have framed media images of Caribbean tourism by revisiting the critically acclaimed documentary film, Life and Debt (2001). While geopolitics and tourism studies have largely tended to remain distinct areas of research, this particular film—and the conversations within and around it--illustrate the usefulness and urgent need to exhume the
interdependency of both. I argue that media representations, Caribbean literature and policy decision-making are part of ongoing conversations that illustrate the limitations of over-generalised notions of time, security and space. Drawing on Benítez-Rojo’s (1992) concept of ‘repeating islands,’ I discuss the ways in which re-examining representations of mobility as part of a series of interconnected and multi-layered conversations, opens up new possibilities for interrogating the ways in which tourism narratives have reinforced, recreated, and
stifled opportunities for diverse, secure and inclusive social spaces.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Number of Pages:5
Department:School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Date:31 January 2017
Series/Collection Name:Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) Working Papers Series
Keywords:Caribbean Studies, Caribbean in/securities, Caribbean Creativity, Caribbean History
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
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Funders:The Leverhulme Trust
Copyright Status:This working paper is copyright of the University and the author. In addition, parts of the paper may feature content whose copyright is owned by a third party, but which has been used either by permission or under the Fair Dealing provisions. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by the terms of any licence that is attached to the paper. Where no licence is associated with the work, any subsequent use is subject to the terms of The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (or as modified by any successor legislation). Any reproduction of the whole or part of this paper must be in accordance with the licence or the Act (whichever is applicable) and must be properly acknowledged. For non-commercial research and for private study purposes, copies of the paper may be made/distributed and quotations used with due attribution. Commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holders.
Copyright Holders:Dr Susan P. Mains, University of Birmingham
ID Code:2950

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