Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness
This chapter explores the neocolonial presumption of economic well-being associated with tourism development in South Africa. It offers a reading of Zakes Mda’s novel The Heart of Redness to highlight the interrogation and revision of the concept of bioregionalism and offer a postcolonial paradigm that avoids the pitfalls of “ecoparochialism.”The Heart of Redness demonstrates that a nuanced and dynamic understanding of the interpenetration between urban and rural, local and global, regional and national differences can be effective in creating an ethics of place within spaces compromised by globalization.
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