A pesar de su centralidad, el “cuerpo” se ha mantenido sorprendentemente escaso en el corpus de estudios de turismo en las ciencias sociales. El trabajo reciente se ha centrado en la mirada del turista como generizada, sexualizada y étnica, exponiendo al poseedor masculino a menudo implícito de esta mirada. Este artículo estudia la mirada del anfitrión como resultado en parte de devolver la mirada del turista. Argumento que los hombres y mujeres afroantillanos del Archipiélago de Bocas del Toro (Panamá) producen miradas encarnadas que resultan de construcciones históricas así como de devolver las miradas de la reciente ola constante de turistas que desembarcan en sus costas. Analizo cómo los cuerpos masculino y femenino son conceptualizados en el Archipiélago como depositarios de valores morales; cómo el género, la raza y la clase se cruzan en la producción de estas conceptualizaciones; y cómo estas interpretaciones se conectan de manera armoniosa y conflictiva con el desarrollo turístico de la región. 

Palabras clave

Género, sexualidad, turismo, afroantillano/antillano, Panamá


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Biografía del autor/a

Carla Guerrón Montero, Universitat de Delaware

Profesora Asociada Departamento de Antropología