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LACS 265W Visitor Meets Native : Tourism and its encounters with Caribbean economy, politics and culture

This guide is designed to help students with their research project for Dr. Godard's Spring 2021 class.


Final assignment

You will be split into groups;

Each group will prepare a presentation that will examine a tourist site within the greater Atlanta area

Examples can include, for example:

Coke Museum; Atlanta Jewish Center; MLK Heritage site; Civil Rights Museum; Stone Mountain Park

(students from different countries have option to examine site from your own home if you prefer)

You will need to

  • Consult site’s web site
  • Summarize how site presents itself –what does it strive to do and how
  • Prepare some historical context, which will require some research into newspaper archives online at Emory
  • Then conduct analysis of specific constructions of place and/or identity that the tourism site promotes


For this latter stage you can look for academic articles for guidance but the basic questions you want to ask are

  • What sort of cultural narrative is being generated? Is it centered on a place, like the US South, or it global, like Coke?
  • Is it premised on a shared commitment to an ethical ideal, like racial/religious tolerance? Or is the presumed commonality among museum-goers an investment in identity formation via consumption?
  •  And what about zoos and aquariums: are these spaces in which he are inspired by a common sense of dread and terror, as with sharks and snakes,  or rather a sense of kinship with less threatening animals, such as the primates, or dolphins?