Bloom Spaces: Reproduction and Tourism on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica
Available: February 2024© 2024
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 208 Pages
Illustrations: 30 colour photos, 1 colour map
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 30 colour photos, 1 colour map
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Tourism generates intense atmospheric relations between people and places. Exploring the complex nature of these relations, Bloom Spaces considers the experiences of women who travel to Costa Rica in search of health and wellness, and find that it leads to an unexpected but seemingly natural outcome: pregnancy. The book looks beyond pregnancy as the result of an isolated act between two people, and instead probes the ways that the reproductive experience resonates with powerful tourist imaginaries of the Caribbean and multisensory environments of culture and place.
Inviting readers into a world of yoga studios, beaches, and rainforests, Susan Frohlick investigates how atmosphere can create "bloom spaces" that lead tourists down reproductive paths. Through an experimental approach that combines creative non-fiction, poetry, photography, and narrative ethnographic writing, this book seeks to capture the feelings and sensations that influence reproduction in tourist destinations. Ultimately, the book urges a rethinking of tourism that takes reproduction into consideration, highlighting the multiple actors involved in reproduction and the inequities of tourism that are reproduced.
Chapter One: Prelude / Getting in a Tropical Yoga Mood
Chapter One: Yoga and Atmospheric Openings
Chapter One: Postlude / Pulled by a White Undercurrent?
Chapter Two: Prelude / A “Jungle Mood” Sets In
Chapter Two: The Visceral Energy of the Jungle: Senses, Sounds, Rhythms, Life
Chapter Two: Postlude / As Though “Natural”
Chapter Three: Prelude / The Magical Something of a Caribbean Beach
Chapter Three: The Caribbean Beach: Reverberating with Possibilities
Chapter Three: Postlude / Beaches that Resonate with Life (and Death)
Chapter Four: Prelude / Promising Difference
Chapter Four: Shimmers-and-Promises and (Cultural) Bloom Spaces
Chapter Four: Postlude / A Bitter Aftertaste