Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Professor Kathleen M Adams

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Department of Anthropology and Sociology Professorial Research Associate
Ph.D. (Univ. of Washington)
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Research interests

Books and Edited Volumes

2019  Decolonization and Restitution. Guest co-edited special theme issue of Volkskunde. 120 (3). Co-edited with Jos van Beurden & Paul Catteeuw).

2019  The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  (Co-edited with Naomi Leite and Quetzil Castañeda.)

2019  Indonesia: History, Heritage, Culture. Association for Asian Studies Press.

2011  Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (Co-edited with Kathleen Gillogly). 

2006  Art as Politics: Re-crafting Identities, Tourism, and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2000  Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia. Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press. (Co-edited with S. Dickey).

2000   A Changing Indonesia. Special theme issue of Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science. Vol. 28, No. 2. (Co-edited with Maribeth Erb).

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2021 Tourism as Industry and Field of Study: Using Research and Education to Address Overtourism. (co-authored with P. Sanchez). In Overtourism and Education: Strategies for Sustainable Futures (Séraphin & Yallop, eds.). London: Routledge. 

2020 What Western Tourism Concepts Obscure: Intersections of Migration and Tourism in Indonesia. Tourism Geographies, 1-26. 

2019 Returns Unraveled: Reflections on Appropriate Destinies for Museum Objects with Questionable Pasts. (co-authored by J. van Beurden, K. Adams, & P. Catteeuw). Volkskunde 120 (3): 305-339 (In Dutch & English). 

2019  "Being a Tourist in (my own) Home": Negotiating Identities and Belonging in Indonesian Heritage Tourism. In Leite, Castañeda & Adams (eds.), The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond. Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield. 

2019  "Breeding Grounds": On the Emergence of Identity and Borderzones as Key Concepts. In Leite, Castañeda & Adams (eds.), The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond (see above). 

2019  The Ethnography of Tourism: Encounter, Experience, Emergent Culture. Coauthored with Leite and Castañeda. In Leite, Castañeda & Adams (eds.), The Ethnography of Tourism: Edward Bruner and Beyond (see above).

2018  Local Strategies for Economic Survival in Touristically Volatile Times: An Indonesian Case Study of Microvendors, Gendered Cultural Practices, and Resilience. Tourism Culture & Communication 18(4): 287-301.

2018  A Room with a View: Local Knowledge and Tourism Entrepreneurship in an Unlikely Indonesian Locale. (Co-authored with Dirk Sandarupa.) Asian Journal of Tourism Research. 3(1): 1-26. 

2018  Leisure in the "Land of the Walking Dead": Western Mortuary Tourism, the Internet, and Zombie Pop Culture in Toraja, Indonesia. In Leisure and Death, ed. by A. Kaul and J. Skinner. Boulder: Univ. of Colorado Press. 

2018  Revisiting "Wonderful Indonesia": Tourism, Economy, and Society. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia, ed. by Robert Hefner. Abingdon on Thames: Routledge. 

2017  Analysing Chicago's Mexican Pilsen Neighborhood through the Lens of Competitiveness and Social Cohesion. (co-authored with N. Borelli) In Moving Cities: Contested Views on Urban Life, ed. by Ligia Fierro et al. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

2016   Tourism and Ethnicity in Insular Southeast Asia: Eating, Praying, Loving and Beyond. Asian Journal of Tourism Research 1(1): 1-28.

2015   Back to the Future? Emergent Visions for Object-Based Teaching in and Beyond the Classroom. Museum Anthropology. Vol 38(2): 88-95. (Guest editor of this special theme issue on object-based teaching.) 

2015   Families, Funerals and Facebook: Reimag(in)ing and Curating Toraja Kin in Translocal Times. TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia. Vol 3: 239-266. pdf

2015  Identity, Tourism, Invited peer-reviewed contribution for the Encyclopedia of Tourism. Edited by Jafar Jafari and Honggen Xiao. Switzerland: Springer International Reference. 

2015   Identity, Heritage, and Memorialization: The Toraja Tongkonan of Indonesia.” In Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen (eds) Writing Material Culture History. London: Bloomsbury Publishers. 

2012   Love American Style and Divorce Toraja Style: Lessons from a Tale of Mutual Reflexivity in Indonesia. Critical Arts 26(2).  

2012  Ethnographic Methods. In Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, pp 339-351. 

2011   Public Interest Anthropology, Political Market Squares and Re-scripting Dominance: From Swallows to ‘Race’ in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 3(2):147-169. 

2011   Introduction. In Adams and Gillogly (eds), Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana Univ. Press.

2011   Cultivating "Community" in an Indonesian Era of Conflict: Toraja Artistic Strategies for Promoting Peace. In Adams & Gillogly (eds.), Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. Indiana Univ. Press.

2010   Courting and Consorting with the Global: The Local Politics of an Emerging World Heritage Site in Sulawesi, Indonesia. In V.T. King, M. Parnwell & M. Hitchcock (eds.), Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia. NIAS Press & Univ. of Hawaii Press.

2008   The Janus-Faced Character of Tourism in Cuba: Ideological Continuity and Change. (Co-authored with Peter Sanchez). 

2008   Indonesian Souvenirs as Micro-Monuments to Modernity: Hybridization, Deterritorialization and Commoditization. In M. Hitchcock, V. King, and M. Parnwell (eds.), Tourism in South-East Asia: Challenges and New Directions. NIAS Press & Univ. of Hawaii Press. 

2006   Terror and Tourism: Charting the Ambivalent Allure of the Urban Jungle. In C. Minca and T. Oates (eds.), Travels in Paradox: Remapping Tourism. Lanham, MD:Rowman and Littlefield. Pp 205-228.‌

2005   Public Interest Anthropology in Heritage Sites: Writing Culture and Righting Wrongs. International Journal of Heritage Studies Vol 11(5):433-439.‌

2005   The Genesis of Touristic Imagery: Politics and Poetics in the Creation of a Remote Indonesian Island Destination. Tourist StudiesVol 4(2):115-135.‌

2005   Generating Theory, Tourism and "World Heritage" in Indonesia: Ethical Quandaries for Practicing Anthropologists. In Anthropological Contributions to Travel and Tourism: Linking Theory with Practice. Special issue of National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Bulletin. No. 23:45-59‌.

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