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Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller

by Stephen Wearing , Deborah Stevenson and Tamara Young SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
10/2009
ISBN:
9780761949978
Format:
Hbk 184 pages
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Sharp, engaging and relevant, Tourist Cultures presents valuable critical insights into tourism -arguing that within the imagined-real spaces of the traveller self it becomes possible to envisage tourist cultures and futures that will empower and engage.

Here is a framework for understanding tourism which is subject-centred, dynamic, and capable of dealing with the complexity of contemporary tourist cultures.

The book argues that tourists are not passive consumers of either destinations or their interpretations. Rather, they are actively occupied in a multi-sensory, embodied experience. It delves into what tourists are looking for when they travel, be they on a package tour, or immersing themselves in the places, cultures and lifestyles of the exotic.

Tourism is examined through a consideration of the spaces and selves of travel, exploring the cultures of meaning, mobilities and engagement that frame and define the tourist experience and traveller identities.

This book draws on the explanatory traditions of sociology, human geography and tourism studies to provide useful insights into the experiential and the lived dimensions of tourism and travel.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, this is a welcome contribution to the growing literature on tourism and will be important reading for students in a range of social science and humanities courses.

'This book makes an important contribution to understanding the experiences of tourists with places, spaces and peoples. Focusing on the multi-faceted, dynamic nature of host-guest interactions, it offers a trenchant critique of subject-object dualities and opens a dialogue for a sustainability-oriented approach to the travel and tourism encounter' - Tazim Jamal, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University

'This is a timely and easily accessible book that addresses a number of issues that are of central concern to the development of tourism studies. It will also be of interest to those in cultural studies, social geography and social anthropology who are concerned with the relationship between the production and consumption of place' - Kevin Meethan, University of Plymouth

1. Introducing The Cultures of Tourism Understanding Tourism From Fl óneur to Choraster? Tourism, Experience and Space The Structure of Tourist Cultures PART I: TOURIST SELVES 2. The Tourist Experience Functions and Formulations Typologies of Experience Authenticities and Alternatives 3. Tourism and Identity Time to Escape Identity and the Traveller Self Stories and Narratives 4. Encountering the Other (Inter)Cultural Dominance Hosts and Guests Gender, Sex and Tourism PART II: TOURIST SPACES 5. The Landscapes of Tourism Tourist Cultures, Tourist Space Touring Nature Cityscapes of Travel 6. Global Tourism, Local Cultures Valuing the Local Backpackers and Global Wanderers Hybrid Travel Cultures 7. Tourism, Space and Representation Image, Memory and Imagination Post-tourism and Beyond 'Thirdspace' of the Traveller Self 8. Conclusion

'This book makes an important contribution to understanding the experiences of tourists with places, spaces and peoples. Focusing on the multi-faceted, dynamic nature of host-guest interactions, it offers a trenchant critique of subject-object dualities and opens a dialogue for a sustainability-oriented approach to the travel and tourism encounter' - Tazim Jamal, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A and M University 'This is a timely and easily accessible book that addresses a number of issues that are of central concern to the development of tourism studies. It will also be of interest to those in cultural studies, social geography and social anthropology who are concerned with the relationship between the production and consumption of place' - Kevin Meethan, University of Plymouth
Stephen Wearing is Associate Professor at the School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism, University of Technology, Sydney.
Professor Deborah Stevenson is Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney.
Tamara Young is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle, Australia.