Forms of transnational dwelling. The case of Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Antonio Di Campli
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/88
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 120-131 File size 687 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2019-088018
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This essay investigates how different forms of ‘residential tourism’ or ‘lifestyle migration’, produced by populations coming from cities and territories of the so-called ‘Global North’, have triggered complex dynamics of social and spatial modification in the landscapes and rural environments of Vilcabamba, Ecuador, a small Andean town of approximately 5000 inhabitants. To analyze such processes, the concepts of ‘extractive zone’ and ‘remittance urbanism’, as defined respectively by Macarena Gómez-Barris and Sarah Lynn López, become operative tools for spatial research practices. The result is a spatial representation of the ways in which some specific practices of residential tourism are territorialized, modifying the meaning and functioning of rural spaces in Vilcabamba.

Keywords: Rural territories; extractive tourism; remittance urbanism

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Antonio Di Campli, Forme dell’abitare transnazionale. Il caso di Vilcabamba, Ecuador in "TERRITORIO" 88/2019, pp 120-131, DOI: 10.3280/TR2019-088018