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Tourism and Language in Vieques : An Ethnography of the Post-Navy Period

PDF After more than sixty years of occupation by the U.S. Navy and intensive community struggles, the Puerto Rican island of Vieques was finally returned to civilian control in 2003. This book is about what happened on the island in the years following the departure of the Navy, between 2004 and 2016. While the devastating environmental and health scenarios left behind after sixty-two years of bombing practices almost immediately revealed to Viequenses that their struggle was far from over (thus giving way to the notion that la lucha continua), the history of Vieques that we were able to capture ethnographically in the post-Navy period revolved more around social conflicts derived not so much from the Navy legacy, but rather from the introduction of a relatively massive tourism industry into the island, particularly in the form of what is referred to in the tourism studies literature as "residential tourism." When the Navy left in 2003, Vieques remained almost quite literally as "the last virgin territory in the Caribbean," and it would not be long before the arrival of residential tourists into the island. The arrival of these tourists, combined with a multiplicity of other factors-colonialism, land speculation, work conflicts, racism, language barriers, and neoliberalism-will conspire to make the voice of the Viequense a muted voice; thus the title of the book. In this period, Viequenses will discover that the structures that prevented their voice from being heard in the post-Navy period were as strong and imposing, if not stronger and more imposing, than the ones that were in place during the 1941-2003 Navy occupation period. In this sense, the findings of this research project serve to support Gayatri Spivak's controversial assertion that "the subaltern cannot speak."

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PublisherLexington Books
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GanreHindu Books
Release date 01.01.2018
ISBN9781498555418
Pages count348
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