Cancun, Mexico Term Paper by Nicky

Cancun, Mexico
A look at the physical and cultural geography of Cancun, Mexico.
# 148530 | 2,458 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Geography (General) , Tourism (General)

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Built from the ground up in the early 1970s, Cancun represents one of the more successful examples of governmental economic planning and development in cooperation with the private sector. This paper provides a case study on the physical and cultural geography of Cancun, Mexico to identify existing constraints in the region's development and opportunities for improving these constraints to encourage future investment and tourism. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the conclusion. The paper also contains a figure.

Review and Analysis
Physical Geography of Cancun
Cultural Geography of Cancun

From the Paper:

"The demand for unskilled labor to support the service industries that have cropped up in Cancun has increased over the past four decades or so across the board as well in ways that have fundamentally, and some say adversely, affected other aspects of the cultural geography of the city. For example, Hashimoto emphasizes that "Tourism development tends to have an impact on labor markets, attracting mainly unskilled laborers in direct and induced jobs. The migration of laborers causes not only a shift in human resources in the primary and secondary industries, but also the relocation of the population" (82). This has certainly been the case in Cancun as well. For instance, Castellanos adds that, "The construction of Cancun in the early 1970s intensified migration in the region, particularly from indigenous communities, and stimulated the local economy's reliance on service work, a gendered division of labor, and global capital. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Castellanos, M. Bianet. 2007. "Adolescent Migration to Cancun: Reconfiguring Maya Households and Gender Relations in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula." Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies 28(3): 1-2.
  • Cosgrove, Denis. 2005. "A Companion to Cultural Geography." Journal of Cultural Geography 22(2): 141.
  • Hall, C. Michael and Stephen J. Page. The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place, and Space. London: .Routledge, 2002.
  • Hashimoto, Atsuko. 2002. "In Pursuit of Paradise: Tourism and Development." Harvard International Review 24(3): 82-83.
  • Jackson, Peter. Maps of Meaning: An Introduction to Cultural Geography. New York: Routledge, 1994.

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