Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

While anthropological research focused on cultural tourism is substantial, little is known about the impact of cultural alliances on community relations. This paper is a qualitative look at the North Philadelphia Arts and Culture Alliance, based on participant observation, document gathering, and in-depth interview data from Alliance and Temple University affiliates. Findings suggest a spread of attitudes: faith in the Alliance’s organizing and restorative potential, ambivalence toward making North Philadelphia a “destination,” and severe skepticism related to issues of inequality and power. These findings illuminate the complexities of Philadelphia’s arts and culture tourism strategies and the Alliance’s potential sociopolitical impact/s.

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