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The nexus between tourism, globalization, and indigenous communities is increasingly evident. This article uses qualitative methodologies to examine the pressures that tourism and economic globalization place on indigenous communities and the means that indigenous communities use to assert their rights in turn. The discussion moves from a macro-level theoretical discussion of such themes as tourism and globalization, indigenous tourism and indigenous rights to a micro-level case study that illustrates the lived experience of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal community of South Australia. This article examines the Ngarrindjeri people's experience during the conflict over the Hindmarsh Island Bridge, their concerns about tourism planning, marketing, and operations, and their relationships with agencies such as the South Australian Tourism Commission and National Parks and Wildlife of South Australia. It reveals how the ideological framework behind contemporary tourism and globalization is hostile to the desires of such groups as the Ngarrindjeri. However, the Ngarrindjeri, through their work at Camp Coorong, can resist these forces and use other opportunities presented by globalization and tourism to achieve their own aims.
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Keywords: ATSI tourism; Globalization; Indigenous rights; Indigenous tourism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of South Australia

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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