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Selling “Sites of Desire”: Paradise in Reality Television, Tourism, and Real Estate Promotion in Vanuatu

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dc.contributor.author McDonnell, Siobhan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-10T18:50:53Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-10T18:50:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation McDonnell, S. 2018. Selling “Sites of Desire”: Paradise in Reality Television, Tourism, and Real Estate Promotion in Vanuatu. The Contemporary Pacific 30 (2): 413–436.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64960
dc.description.abstract In a continuum from early voyages of “discovery,” Pacific landscapes continue to be created through the visual representations and geographical imaginings that inform foreign desires. Just as early exploration narratives and paintings fashioned the Pacific as an exotic Eden peopled with alluring women, contemporary media manufactures Pacific landscapes as sites of desire. Beginning with the filming of the Survivor reality television series, this article explores how the visual representations and narrative tropes attached to Efate Island in Vanuatu were instrumental in the commodification of customary land as real estate, subsequently sold to expatriates for tourism resorts and residential housing. Television, tourism, and real estate images are not benign. In these images the landscape is rendered terra nullius—absent of local inhabitants and ripe for possession—enabling the neocolonial possession of Pacific landscapes by foreigners and the dispossession of local Indigenous inhabitants.
dc.format.extent 24 pages
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject customary land
dc.subject tourism
dc.subject real estate
dc.subject reality television
dc.subject paradise
dc.subject Vanuatu
dc.subject bikini
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title Selling “Sites of Desire”: Paradise in Reality Television, Tourism, and Real Estate Promotion in Vanuatu
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.type.dcmi Still Image
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2018 - Volume 30, Number 2


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