Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Hill, Matthew E
Third Committee Member
This dissertation documents a Garifuna community in transition as it seeks to attain international protection as an indigenous community. The Garifuna, an Afro-Indigenous group, have farmed and fished along the Caribbean Coast of Honduras for more than two hundred years, and they are attempting to protect access to natural resources that have been privatized and limited by development programs. Local Garifuna activists have mobilized community members to safeguard local resources by ensuring that community-held land titles are honored and that the community is preserved as culturally Garifuna. While tourism has been a major driver for the region economically, using the Garifuna culture and natural resources as attractions, the benefits have not been equitably distributed. Claims of economic success through tourism do not match the actual lived realities of community livelihoods, land use, local politics, development, and community discourses.
Conflict, Garifuna, Indigenous, Land Rights, Tourism
vii, 266 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-266).
Copyright © 2019 Alejandro Muzzio
Muzzio, Alejandro. "Tourism, development, representation, and struggle on the north coast of Honduras." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2019.
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