Anthropology of Antarctic Tourism Culture: Proposal for a Preliminary Study

The aim of this project is to develop an anthropological study of Antarctic tourism culture. According to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), annual tourist arrivals in the Antarctic have passed from 6.000 in 1993 to 34.000 in 2012 (IATTO, 2012), an annual growth rate of over 25% making tourists the largest human population temporarily inhabiting this continent. While good sociological data are available on Antarctic tourist flows, touristic images and representations of Antarctica, the organizational structure of tourism operations and the politics of tourism regulations and conservation issues, little is known about the actual practices, performances and underlying myths and values of this particular tourist culture.

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CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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ISCTE FCT Portugal