Tourisme d'oasis, les mirages naturels et culturels d'une rencontre?

Abstract : Tourism in oasis, natural and cultural mirages of an encounter? — This text focuses on two ethnographic oasian fieldworks: in Tunisia, the Arabic-speaking region of the Jerid and in Egypt, the Berber-speaking oasis of Siwa. The tendency of contemporary tourism is clearly to the "cultural". Less than an opposition between "cultural tourists" and “un-cultural tourists”, it is mainly a zeal among each other to implement a new resource, a new register of tourism practices. Aesthetic emotions have also evolved (from picturesque to authenticity), with the demand for direct and true access to the local culture. More than the overlooking panorama offered from inselbergs around Siwa or balloons in Tozeur, nothing beats now to attend a "real" marriage, a "real" party of drunken young workers under the palm trees. Misunderstandings and simulacra, however, leave also room for satisfaction. A "newspeak" is perhaps invented, co-produced between tourists and local interface combining identity preservation (cultural diversity) and biological/environmental preservation (biodiversity).
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas
Contributor : Vincent Battesti <>
Submitted on : Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:31:46 PM
Last modification on : Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:30:03 PM
Long-term archiving on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 6:59:53 PM


Files produced by the author(s)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00350921, version 1



Vincent Battesti. Tourisme d'oasis, les mirages naturels et culturels d'une rencontre?. Cahiers d'études africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2009, XLIX (1-2) (193-194), pp.551-582. ⟨halshs-00350921v1⟩



Record views


Files downloads