Publication Date

1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Russell, Susan D.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

LCSH

Ecotourism--Mexico--Celestún||Celestún (Mexico)

Abstract

This project is a case study and evaluation of an ecotourism project in Yucatan, Mexico. The methods used to determine differences in household economic activities include a time allocation analysis and a livelihood systems approach, neither of which has ever been used to investigate ecotourism in Mexico. These methods reveal the presence of wealth differences and varying economic activities in the sample of thirty households. I argue that the wealth differences are not solely a result of differential household involvement in ecotourism, but instead are caused by other characteristics such as the amount of time spent by household members on a diverse range of economic activities. The current increase in the number of participants threatens the sustainability of this ecotourism project. This thesis recommends several ways by which ecotourism benefits could be extended to a larger number of people without threatening environmental sustainability.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [128]-133)

Extent

vi, 133 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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