Tim Oakes

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Real Tourism (Routledge, 2011)

Faiths on Display (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)

The Cultural Geography Reader (Routledge, 2008)

屯普重塑 (Guizhou Minzu, 2007)


Travels in Paradox (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)

Translocal China (Routledge, 2006)

Tourism and Modernity in China (Routledge, 1998)



Archived Articles & Essays


Laser tag and other rural diversions: the village as China's urban playground. Harvard Asia Quarterly 13:3 (Fall), 25-30.


Resourcing culture: is a prosaic `third space' possible in rural China? Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 27 (2009): 1074-1090.


Faking Heaven: The Utopian Will to Order in China. In The China Beat, 2008. (Click here for 2009 version from Merkel-Hess, K., K. Pomeranz, and J. Wasserstrom (eds.), China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 251-259.

Welcome to paradise! A Sino-American joint venture project, in L. Jensen and T. Weston (eds.), China's Transformations: The Stories Beyond the Headlines (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), 240-264.

Cultural strategies of development: implications for village governance in China. Pacific Review 19:1 (2006): 13-37.

The story of secretary Wang – hero, savior, liar, scoundrel. The University of California International and Area Studies (UCIAS) Global Field Notes, No. 5 (2005).

Tourism and the modern subject: placing the encounter between tourist and other.  In Seductions of Place, eds. C. Cartier and A. Lew (London and New York: Routledge, 2005).


Building a Southern Dynamo: Guizhou and State Power. The China Quarterly 178 (June, 2004): 467-487.

Capitalizing Asian Studies: scholarship and the production of knowledge in a globalizing world.  Portal: A Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies 1:1 (2004).

Dragonheads and needlework: textile work and cultural heritage in a Guizhou county. Provincial China 7:2 (2003): 151-177.

Geography’s conquest of history in The Diamond Age [with Mike Longan]. In Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction, eds. R. Kitchin and J. Kneal (London: Continuum, 2002), 39-56.

China’s provincial identities: reviving regionalism and reinventing "Chineseness."  The Journal of Asian Studies 59:3 (2000), 667-92.

China’s market reforms: whose human rights problem?, in China Beyond the Headlines, eds. T. Weston and L. Jensen (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), 295-326.

Bathing in the Far Village: globalization, transnational capital, and the cultural politics of modernity in China. Positions: East Asia cultures critique 7:2 (1999), 31-66.

Eating the food of the ancestors: place, tradition, and tourism in a Chinese frontier river town. Ecumene 6:2 (1999), 123-145.

Selling Guizhou: cultural development in an era of marketization. In The Political Economy of China’s Provinces, eds. H. Hendrischke and C.Y. Feng, (London and New York: Routledge, 1999), 27-67.

Place and the paradox of modernity. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 87:3 (1997), 509-531.

Ethnic tourism in rural Guizhou; sense of place and the commerce of authenticity. In Tourism, Ethnicity, and the State in Asian and Pacific Societies, eds. M. Picard, and R. Wood (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1997), 35-70.

Shen Congwen’s literary regionalism and the gendered landscape of Chinese modernity. Geografiska Annaler B 77:2 (1995), 93-107.

The cultural space of modernity: ethnic tourism and place identity in China. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 11 (1993), 47-66.