Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawai'i and the Philippines (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies)

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In Securing Paradise, Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez shows how tourism and militarism have functioned together in Hawaii and the Philippines, jointly empowering the United States to assert its geostrategic and economic interests in the Pacific. She does so by interpreting fiction, closely examining colonial and military construction projects, and delving into present-day tourist practices, spaces, and narratives. For instance, in both Hawaii and the Philippines, U.S. military modes of mobility, control, and surveillance enable scenic tourist byways. Past and present U.S. military posts, such as the Clark and Subic Bases and the Pearl Harbour complex, have been reincarnated as destinations for tourists interested in World War II. The history of the U.S. military is foundational to tourist itineraries and imaginations in such sites. At the same time, U.S. military dominance is reinforced by the logics and practices of mobility and consumption underlying modern tourism. Working in tandem, militarism and tourism produce gendered structures of feeling and formations of knowledge. These become routinized into everyday life in Hawaii and the Philippines, inculcating U.S. imperialism in the Pacific.
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ISBN-13: 9780822353706
ISBN-10: 0822353709
Pagini: 296
Ilustrații: 15 photographs
Dimensiuni: 155 x 234 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Duke University Press
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"Securing Paradise will become a landmark work. It is the first systematic comparison of the Philippines and Hawaii within the shared optic of U.S. imperial history and its military-tourism security complex. It will serve as a model for an emergent American postcolonial studies, paving the way for a more appropriately cosmopolitan critique of the already cosmopolitan workings of capitalism and empire." - Vicente L. Rafael, author of The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines"In Securing Paradise, Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez's original research and fascinating case studies substantiate her argument that in both the Philippines and Hawaii, militarization and tourism have worked hand-in-glove in the service of U.S. national security strategy in the Pacific. Gonzalez digs deep into the dynamic interplay between militarism and tourism in this timely, consciousness-raising analysis." - Cynthia Enloe, author of Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link

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Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.