Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Rebecca Zarger, Ph.D.
Ismael Hoare, Ph.D.
Heide Castañeda, Ph.D.
anthropology of tourism, political ecology, environmental change, applied anthropology
Placencia Village is one of Belize’s leading “eco-destinations,” due to its sandy-white beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife sanctuaries. While the use of “green washing,” the process of deceptively marketing products, aims or policies as being environmentally friendly, has proven to be effective in attracting consumers who are thought to be environmentally and socially conscious, the exponential growth, coupled with the absence of established policies, represents a significant threat to Belize. This thesis examines the political-ecologic dimensions of rapid tourism expansion in Southern Belize by investigating how the health of the biophysical environment is perceived, what processes are responsible for change, and how these changes are impacting the socioeconomic livelihoods of the local people.
Scholar Commons Citation
Vitous, Crystal Ann, "Impacts of Tourism Development on Livelihoods in Placencia Village, Belize" (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.