Loading, please wait...
:

product description page

Far Out : Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal (Hardcover) (Mark Liechty)

Far Out : Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal (Hardcover) (Mark Liechty) - image 1 of 1

About this item

Westerners have long imagined the Himalayas as the world’s last untouched place and a repository of redemptive power and wisdom. Beatniks, hippie seekers, spiritual tourists, mountain climbers—diverse groups of people have traveled there over the years, searching for their own personal Shangri-La. In Far Out, Mark Liechty traces the Western fantasies that captured the imagination of tourists in the decades after World War II, asking how the idea of Nepal shaped the everyday cross-cultural interactions that it made possible.
 
Emerging from centuries of political isolation but eager to engage the world, Nepalis struggled to make sense of the hordes of exotic, enthusiastic foreigners. They quickly embraced the phenomenon, however, and harnessed it to their own ends by building tourists’ fantasies into their national image and crafting Nepal as a premier tourist destination. Liechty describes three distinct phases: the postwar era, when the country provided a Raj-like throwback experience for rich Americans; Nepal’s emergence as an exotic outpost of hippie counterculture in the 1960s; and its rebranding into a hip adventure destination, which began in the 1970s and continues today. He shows how Western projections of Nepal as an isolated place inspired creative enterprises and, paradoxically, allowed locals to participate in the global economy. Based on twenty-five years of research, Far Out blends ethnographic analysis, a lifelong passion for Nepal, and a touch of humor to produce the first comprehensive history of what tourists looked for—and found—on the road to Kathmandu.
Number of Pages: 387
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Travel
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Mark Liechty
Language: English
Street Date: February 21, 2017
TCIN: 52063428
UPC: 9780226428802
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-2905
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
$105.00
Shipping
not available
Not in stores

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.


*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.