Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory

Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory

Most of the narratives packaged for New Orleans’s many tourists cultivate a desire for black culturejazz, cuisine, dancewhile simultaneously targeting black people and their communities as sources and sites of political, social, and natural disaster. In this timely book, the Americanist and New Orleans native Lynnell L. Thomas delves into the relationship between tourism, cultural production, and racial politics. She carefully interprets the racial narratives embedded in tourism websites, travel guides, business periodicals, and newspapers; the thoughts of tour guides and owners; and the …

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