Tourism, pottery and women's work in the Magical Town of Metepec, Mexico.

Authors: Vizcaino Suarez, L.P., Serrano Barquin, R., Cruz Jimenez, G. and Pastor Alfonso, M.J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30235/

http://www.pasosonline.org/es/

Journal: PASOS : Revista de Turismo y Patrimonio Cultural

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 391-407

Publisher: PASOS

ISSN: 1695-7121

The town of Metepec, in the State of Mexico, has become a cultural tourism destination mainly due to its pottery production. Drawing from the literature on gender and tourism, this paper aims to examine the work of women’s artisans and their contributions to cultural tourism. The ethnographic research employed qualitative techniques for data collection (participant observation and 18 semi-structured interviews with local artisans). Even though the majority of artisans in Metepec are male, women perform essential tasks in the production and sale of pottery handicrafts catered to the tourist market. The research contributes to the scholarship on gender and tourism and aims to render women’s contributions visible in local tourism contexts.

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