Adventures into Mexico: American Tourism beyond the Border by Nicholas Dagen BloomAdventures into Mexico: American Tourism beyond the Border by Nicholas Dagen Bloom

Adventures into Mexico: American Tourism beyond the Border

EditorNicholas Dagen BloomContribution byDiana Anhalt, Dina M. Berger

Paperback | May 9, 2006

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Moving beyond the tequila-soaked clichés of Mexican tourism, this multifaceted book explores the influence and experiences of Americans in Mexico since World War II. The authors trace Mexico's growing role as an important refuge for Americans seeking not only sun and fun but also an alternative cultural and social model. And on the other side of the border, Mexican citizens and politicians have responded in creative and unexpected ways to growing numbers of migrants from their northern neighbor. Delving into the rich and varied worlds of political exiles, students, art dealers, retiree/artist colonies, and tourist zones, this work illustrates why large numbers of Americans have been irresistibly drawn to Mexico for the past sixty years. Specialists in literature, anthropology, history, and geography bring their unique perspectives to the stories of both short- and long-term migrants. Together their essays illuminate the complex goals and impact of American tourism, offering a fascinating interpretation to all those interested in modern Mexican history, border studies, tourism, and retirement in Mexico. Contributions by: Diana Anhalt, Dina M. Berger, Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Michael Chibnik, Drewey Wayne Gunn, Janet Henshall Momsen, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Rebecca Torres, David Truly, and Richard W. Wilkie
Nicholas Dagen Bloom is assistant professor of American history at the New York Institute of Technology and has written extensively on urban affairs.
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Title:Adventures into Mexico: American Tourism beyond the BorderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.94 × 6.42 × 0.71 inPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0742537455

ISBN - 13:9780742537453

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: A Drink between Friends: Mexican and American Pleasure Seekers in 1940s Mexico CityChapter 2: Resort to Exile: Willard Motley's Writings on Postwar U.S. Tourism in MexicoChapter 3: Gringolandia: Cancun and the American TouristChapter 4: The Beat Trail to MexicoChapter 5: Dangerous Journeys: Mexico City College Students and the Mexican Landscape, 1954-1962Chapter 6: American Merchants and Mexican Folk Art: The Buying and Selling of Oaxacan Wood CarvingsChapter 7: Bridging the Cultural Gap: Adaptation to MexicoChapter 8: The Lake Chapala Riviera: The Evolution of a Not-So-American Foreign CommunityChapter 9: To Be Served and Loved: The American Sense of Place in San Miguel de AllendeFurther Reading

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North Americans first came to Mexico in force in 1846 as military invaders. Today, millions flood in each year as tourists, while thousands more live in Mexico as permanent or semi-permanent expatriates. Surprisingly, this vast human tide, bringing citizens of the world's wealthiest, most powerful nation into at least fleeting contact with a very different, highly complex, and far poorer society, has received scant scholarly attention. This fine collection of subtle and sophisticated essays goes a long way toward remedying that neglect. Highly recommended.