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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-3-107-18

Maciej RAJEWSKI – A Bedouin Village: From a Model Culture to a Postmodernist Utopia

Cena brutto: 7,00 PLN

The objective of the present article is a characterization of two tourist trips to Bedouin villages located in the Eastern Desert in Egypt. The description in question is provided with a view to exploring in what sense both villages may be considered as places generating a utopian climate, and in what sense they exhibit masterfully prepared model cultures. Alongside the analysis, a scrutiny is conducted of whether these two aspects may correlate and strengthen each other’s impact.

The visited Bedouin villages may be considered as model cultures in the sense that they demonstrate the lifestyle and living conditions of the Bedouin community. In both cases a group of Bedouins who lived outside the village (in an original camp), demonstrated the tourists elements of the traditional desert lifestyle. While the first trip was fully focused on an ethnographic presentation of the Bedouin culture, the second offered various kinds of entertainment, such as go-kart and quad driving, or seeing a mini terrarium and a mini zoo located in the village itself, all these additional elements of the trip considered as ways to attract a possibly large group of tourists.

In both cases one might observe the climate of ‘enchantment,’ described in detail by Ian Winkin. Yet in neither case authentic contact between the natives and the tourists was possible.

Keywords: Bedouin village, model culture, third culture, utopia, enchantment, myth, spectacle, pseudoevent, Yves Winkin, Valene L. Smith, John Urry, anthropology of tourism, postmodernism

Contact: Zakład Kultury Polskiej, Instytut Kulturoznawstwa,
Wydział Humanistyczny, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej,
pl. Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 4,
20-031 Lublin, Poland

E-mail: maciej_rajewski@yahoo.com

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887