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Trivializing Culture, Social Conflict And Heritage Tourism In Quito

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The racist attitudes that lay behind the removal of the street traders from the streets of Quito are reinforced by the trivialization of their culture. Although they have been mistreated over the centuries by landowning elites, despised by the middle and upper classes and excluded from the benefits of a developing society, their history is presented by heritage tourism as a happy spectacle that celebrates humility and peace. The historical city is therefore the physical manifestation of social and economic forces, and the growth of heritage tourism has amplified the fact that the use of these urban buildings and spaces continues to be contested by the descendants of the invisible indigenous labour force that was exploited in their creation. The conflict between the heritage consumption of an international elite and the survival needs of local populations creates spatial, cultural, economic, social and political outcomes.

Keywords: heritage tourism; indigenous labour force; Quito; racist attitudes; social conflict; street traders; survival needs; trivializing culture



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