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Dishing Up The City: Tourism And Street Vendors In Cuzco

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This chapter focuses on ambulant street vendors and their position in the construction of a tourist city. It first looks at the Inca civilization and the decline of Inca Empire, because the Inca and the colonial heritage are always used as symbols of local pride as well as to profile the city as centre of national culture. It then illustrates the alienation of historical centre from the rest of the city and describes how Cuzco has been transformed into a schizophrenic city in which the affluence of tourists stands in sharp contrast to the poverty of a large proportion of the local population. The chapter describes the role of the local government in these tourism developments and in the process of alienating the tourist centre from the rest of the city. It focuses on the ambivalent position of street vendors in the tourism picture that reinvents and glorifies the past.

Keywords: Cuzco; historical centre; Inca Empire; national culture; schizophrenic city; street vendors; tourism developments; tourist centre



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