What is it about?

An analysis of local politics in tourism contexts that describes and explains how tourism processes are related to the rise of populist political parties (the so called 'partidos independientes') that mushroomed in Spain during the nineties; and how these political practices have modified the way people perceive themselves and the cities/villages/neighbourhoods (urban environments) they live in, and how they relate to their cultural memories.

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Why is it important?

This paper aims to show that tourism is one of the most perfect creations of the capitalist value system insofar as not only does it consume places and territories and perpetuate dependency relations, but in the expressive dimension, it also produces feelings and meanings and generates a new relationship of the past with the present and future (chronotope = chrono/time - topo/place).

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El Puerto de Santa María is a medium-size city located in Cádiz, the southernmost province of continental Spain, and it is my hometown. I have seen its transformation into a very well-known tourism destination during the past three decades. With this article I have tried to find out some explanations to the local political process along with the production of new types of local identities.

Dr Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal
Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche

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This page is a summary of: The instrumental time of memory: local politics and urban aesthetics in a tourism context, Journal of Tourism Analysis Revista de Análisis Turístico, March 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jta-05-2018-0014.
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