Spectacle, tourism and the performance of everyday geopolitics

Jacob C. Miller*, Vincent Del Casino

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In recent years scholars have explored the geopolitics of spectacle in exciting ways. While tourism presents a rich opportunity to think about the intersection of geopolitics and spectacle, only a small but growing number of researchers have explored this area where state-society relations unfold in complex ways. This article draws on this work and other traditions in feminist political geography and non-representational theories to explore the embodied geopolitics of a festival and its tourist landscape in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. As such, we glimpse a complex set of geopolitical relations at play in the multiple spaces of the Yii Peng Festival. A closer look at the Festival with the theoretical tools proposed here helps reveal ongoing geopolitical forces that shape its many contours, including a multiplicity of difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1412-1428
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Issue number7-8
Early online date20 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


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