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Faculty

Timothy Oakes

Cultural Politics;  Economic and Social Change; China

Professor of Geography 

Human Geography
Director of CAS
303-492-5887 Gugg 201c  
Ph.D. University of Washington, 1995

Research Interests

I am a cultural geographer of China, working on issues related to regional cultural development, culture industries, tourism, heritage, regional and place-based identities. My work focuses on the ways culture is used as a resource for development and governance objectives, identity politics, and tourism.

Selected Publications

Wang, J., T. Oakes, and Y. Yang. (2016). Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, Assemblage, and the Politics of Aspirational Urbanism. London & New York: Routledge.

Sin, H.L, T. Oakes, and M. Mostafanezhad. (2015). Traveling for a cause: critical examinations of volunteer tourism and social justice. Tourist Studies 15(2): 119-131.

Minca, C. and T. Oakes. (2014). Tourism after the postmodern turn. In Companion to Tourism Geography, 2nd Edition, eds. C.M. Hall, A. Lew, and A. Williams (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 294-303.

Oakes, T. (2013). 乡村: 中国城市的游乐园 [The village as urban China’s playground]. 旅游学刊 [Tourism Tribune] 28(4): 3-6.

Oakes, T. (2013). Heritage as improvement: cultural display and contested governance in rural China. Modern China 39(4): 380-407.

Publications updated March 2016

Recent Courses Include

Fall 2016  GEOG 3822 (3) Geography of China

Graduate Students

Gretchen
Lang
M.A.
Foodways among displaced people in transition
Amelia
Schubert-Zhang
Ph.D. Alumni
2016
Cultural geography of northeast Asia; China, Korea, migration
Yang
Yang
Ph.D.
ethnic geography; China, critical tourism studies
         
Afton
Clarke-Sather
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
From The Heavens to the Markets: Development, Nation, and the Mediation of Water in Northwest China
Travis
Klingberg
Ph.D. Alumni
2014
Exploring place: how independent tourism is changing the politics of geographic knowledge in China
Joni
Palmer
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
The Politics of "the Public": Public Art, Urban Regeneration and the Postindustrial City - the Case of Downtown Denver
Ian
Rowen
Ph.D. Alumni
2016
The Geopolitics of Tourism: mobilities, territory and protest in Taiwan and China.
Ian
Rowen
M.A. Alumni
2012
Chinese Tourists in Taiwan: Tourism and State Territoriality
Amelia
Schubert
M.A. Alumni
2011
Contesting Koreanness: Migration as a challenge to the ethnic identity of the Korean Chinese
Claire
Simon
Ph.D. Alumni
2011
Disjunctures and Contradictions: the Role of Measurement in Poverty Representation, Policy, and Development Practice
Adam
Williams
Ph.D. Alumni
2014
Excess and Access: Informal Recycling Networks and Participants in Shanghai, China
Adam
Williams
M.A. Alumni
2010
The Informal Recycler in Shanghai: Mobility, Migration and Citizenship
Amy
Zader
Ph.D. Alumni
2011
Grain as Commodity: The Making of Chinese Consumer-Citizens through the Northeast Rice Network

What's New

I recently co-edited a volume on Making Cultural Cities in Asia. Here's the publisher's blurb: "This book examines the vast and largely uncharted world of cultural/creative city-making in Asia. It explores the establishment of policy models and practices against the backdrop of a globalizing world, and considers the dynamic relationship between powerful actors and resources that impact Asian cities. Making Cultural Cities in Asia approaches this dynamic process through the lens of assemblage: how the policy models of cultural/creative cities have been extracted from the flow of ideas, and how re-invented versions have been assembled, territorialized, and exported. This approach reveals a spectrum between globally circulating ideals on the one hand, and the place-based contexts and contingencies on the other. At one end of the spectrum, this book features chapters on policy mobility, in particular the political construction of the "web" of communication and the restructuring or rescaling of the state. At the other end, chapters examine the increasingly fragmented social forces, their changing roles in the process, and their negotiations, alignments, and resistances.

"What's New" updated March 2016

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