3881 - From exploitation to participation? Tourism and handicraft production in rural Yucatán/Mexico

Using the example of a development project to increase community participation in tourism, the study explores transformation processes in a Maya community where handicraft production became the most dynamic rural economy. The study focuses on the relationship between project executors and peasant artisans and describes processes of inclusion and exclusion that arose during project implementation. By describing the social impacts of the project, it is shown how the gendered division of labor was partly overcome, but how new dependencies arose simultaneously.

Keywords: Mexico, tourism, participatory development, handicrafts

Author: Youkhana, Eva (Interdisciplinary Latin America Center, University of Bonn, Germany / Deutschland)


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