R. Benedito Ferrão: Text
Angela Ferrão: Illustrations
Maria Vanessa de Sa: Graphic Design
Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies
Journal of Festive Studies
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Despite its history as a favored destination for hippies from the West in the 1960s and 1970s, present-day party tourism in Goa largely attracts Indian travelers. This is a product of the post-1990s liberalization of the Indian economy, coupled with the exoticization of Goa, which has rendered it a pleasure periphery to the subcontinent. Such difference, and attraction, occurs because, unlike most of the rest of the India that annexed Goa, the region was a Portuguese colony until 1961. Goa’s Lusitanization suggests a more liberal milieu, social gatherings with music and dancing being commonplace culturally, for example. While tourism has become an economic mainstay in Goa, the party economy pays little heed to Goans and their culture, treating the land as a place where fun is paramount and local concerns, including environmental ones, are sidelined.
Ferrão, R. Benedito; Ferrão, Angela; and De Sa, Maria Vanessa, The Uninvited Host: Goa and the Parties not Meant for its People (2023). Journal of Festive Studies, 5(1), 237-253.