Postcolonial perspectives on colonial heritage tourism: The domestic tourist consumption of French heritage in Puducherry, India

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This ethnographic study explores postcolonial Indian perspectives on the production and consumption of the former French colony Puducherry as a destination for colonial heritage tourism, asking: how does colonial heritage capture the imagination of domestic visitors, and what are the rationales amongst local residents and authorities that promote this destination for its colonial
heritage? It demonstrates how the use of Puducherry's French legacy is a postcolonial phenomenon which has been a product of Indian interests. A central argument is that we need to investigate the postcolonial complexities of restaging colonial heritage in tourism without assuming a simple dichotomy between tourists from former colonial powers and formerly colonised
countries, which has often formed the baseline of postcolonial tourism research.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Early online date21 Jun 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2019


  • postcolonialism, colonial heritage, French India, Puducherry, Pondicherry, domestic tourism