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PRADO, Rosane Manhães. We are the exotic species: an inquiry into ecotourism on Ilha Grande.Translated byDavid Allan Rodgers. Horiz.antropol. [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0104-7183.

This article analyzes the impact of the recent arrival of tourism on Ilha Grande (an island close to Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro), especially for the community of Abraão village after the location was suddenly transformed into a tourist hot spot. Studies of similar cases provide a model of the consequences of introducing tourist activities in previously untouched places like Abraão village. The antagonism between ‘natives’ and ‘non-natives’ in this village has become a polarized issue following the growth in tourism, preventing widespread acceptance of a green agenda or more generic proposals for ‘an ideal form of tourist development.’

Keywords : ecology; environment; Ilha Grande; tourism.

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