ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis), Spring 2020
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The Tourism industry around the world is booming. In Thailand, they have a growing tourism and ecotourism industry that is heavily supported by the government. In the northern part of the country, governmental spending on such projects, highlights ethinic tensions between Thai individuals in lowland communities and ethic minorities in the highlands. Ecotourism projects, mainly the creation of national parks, historically have had a more negative effect on highland communities where they are often displaced in order to preserve land. In this project we want to focus on how individuals in these different communities view ecotourism, and how it shapes their relationships with the wilderness and their own culture. This will be achieved through the interviews of locals in the city and countryside in order to grasp how individuals view the government sponsored changes and by analyzing ecotourism advertisements to see what is marketed and commodified to bring tourists in.
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Framing Question: How do individuals' relationship with nature influence society and culture?
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Focus Question: How does tourism development in Northern Thailand foster the import of human-wilderness relationships into local communities?
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