The problems of the tourist industry in Kundasang, Sabah: The structuralist Marxist explanation

Ramzah Dambul, and Amriah Buang, (2008) The problems of the tourist industry in Kundasang, Sabah: The structuralist Marxist explanation. Geografia : Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 4 (1). pp. 32-44. ISSN 2180-2491


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This paper is an exercise in a structuralist Marxist explanation of the two main problems underlining the relative failure of the Kundasang tourist industry in functioning as a catalyst for the development of the local area and to which the positivit perspective has not been able to offer a satisfactory explanation, namely: (a) why did the investment that flowed into Kundasang fail to generate the economic multiplier and spread effects at the local level?; and (b) why did the significant presence of migrant foreign workers not contribute to the growth of the retail and urban services segments in Kundasang ? The paper concludes that the two key problems were caused by the very nature of the capitalist mode of accumulation which thrived on unequal and opportunistic relations in order to extract the maximum returns for the capitalists involved in the Kundasang tourist industry. This is the real albeit non-empirical mechanism of ‘exploitation’ which the positivist epistemology has missed to acknowledge

Item Type:Article
Keywords:capitalist mode of accumulation; epistemology; investment; Kundasang tourist industry; spread effects; structuralist Marxist explanation
Journal:Geografia ; Malaysian Journal of Society and Space
ID Code:1606
Deposited By: mr Mustaffa Abu Bakar
Deposited On:01 Jun 2011 07:14
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:29

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