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.
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
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