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This seminar will introduce students to the anthropological study of tourism, providing them with the analytical tools needed to understand this global phenomenon that is affecting the lives of an increasing number of people across the world. Tourism has become ubiquitous when discussing, for instance, issues of development, sustainability, heritage, authenticity, intercultural dialogue, mobility and privilege. Anthropological research on tourism provide methodological and analytical tools to understand, more broadly, how power, difference and inequality play out in the contemporary world. The seminar will consider the main theories and approaches of tourism in the social sciences, and pay particular attention to current debates on tourism, development, and socio-cultural change. Power and control over resources and livelihoods, cultural exchange and resistance, and the commoditization of identity and heritage will be among the themes addressed, grounding theoretical and methodological insights on the comparative analysis of specific case studies and ethnographies of tourism. Learning to navigate and assess the different dimensions and effects of tourism as a driver of globalization, students will ultimately be able to identify its key issues of contention, challenges and opportunities. The seminar will be structured around lectures, discussion of readings, and students' presentations.