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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.001.0001

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In Place

In Place

Tourism, Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism, and Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness

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Postcolonial Ecologies

Byron Caminero-Santangelo

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   tourism, South Africa, Zakes Mda, The Heart of Redness, bioregionalism, ecoparochialism, ethics, place, globalization

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