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Department

Anthropology

Disciplines

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Abstract

The goal of this ethnographic study is to document the way that tourism has affected the subsistence fishing activities on the island of Venado, Costa Rica. A key question is how tourism has forced the residents of this fishing community to make choices between a traditional economy and the need to survive in an expanding global market of ecological tourism. The method of research is ethnographic. The goal is to portray cultural issues through the life of the islanders. I hope that this research will create a better understanding of the cultural impact of global change on the people of Venado Island, as well as a wider appreciation of their rights and perspectives in this rapidly changing region of the Americas.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Robert McCarl