Travels in Paradox: Remapping Tourism

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März 2006



This innovative volume focuses on tourism through the twin lenses of cultural theory and cultural geography. Presenting a set of innovative case studies on tourist places around the world, the contributors explore the paradoxes of the tourist experience and the implications of these paradoxes for our broader understanding of modern identity as simultaneously grounded and mobile. The book examines how tourism reveals the paradoxical ways that places are both mobile and rooted, real and fake, inhabited by those who are simultaneously insiders and outsiders, and both subjectively experienced and objectively viewed. This rich blend of empirical and theoretical analysis will be invaluable for cultural geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists of tourism.


Chapter 1 Preface: Places and Performances
Chapter 2 Introduction: Traveling Paradoxes
Chapter 3 Sensing Tourism Spaces
Chapter 4 Circulation and Emplacement: The Hollowed-out Performance of Tourism
Chapter 5 Itinerary and the Tourist Experience
Chapter 6 Heimat Tourism in the Countryside: Paradoxical Sojourns to Self and Place
Chapter 7 Three Trips to Italy: Deconstructing the New Las Vegas
Chapter 8 Tourist Places and Negotiating Modernity: European Women and Romance Tourism in the Sinai
Chapter 9 Re-inventing the "Square": Postcolonial Geographies and Tourist Narratives in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakech
Chapter 10 Portable Autonomous Zones: Tourism and the Travels of Dissent
Chapter 11 Terror and Tourism: Charting the Ambivalent Allure of the Urban Jungle
Chapter 12 Get Real! On Being Yourself and Being a Tourist


Claudio Minca is professor of human geography at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Tim Oakes is associate professor of geography at the University of Colorado.


It is unusual to encounter a volume that actually advances the gigantic discourse on tourism. This one does it. Via a series of theoretically informed but non-doctrinaire studies of the ways tourists inflect places and vice-versa we get a glimpse of the future of tourism studies. Smart, readable, and essential for every tourist and tourism researcher. -- Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis Appropriately illustrated and well footnoted, the volume also has an excellent bibliography...Recommended. CHOICE Highly recommended for all cultural geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists of tourism. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online Well worth reading. It could be appropriately used in a graduate course devoted to tourism and should be useful and thought provoking to tourism and travel scholars in the social sciences. American Anthropologist This book marks the coming-of-age of new narratives of tourism, travel, and place. Each chapter is a vital part of a whole that presents an exciting new field of research and a set of compelling insights into the pressing problems that the paradoxes of travel have generated. -- Nigel Thrift, Oxford University
EAN: 9780742528765
ISBN: 0742528766
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 286 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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