• Summary
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Tourism is becoming an increasingly prominent feature of contemporary life. More of us travel for pleasure than ever before, yet the social scientific literature on tourism is relatively scant. This book provides an original contribution to the field of tourist studies. The contributors to International Tourism reconceptualize the local and the global, avoiding such crude oppositions as centre v periphery, modern v traditional, macro v micro and North v South. Instead, they demonstrate that the local cannot be understood without the global, and that the global can never be isolated from the regional setting within which it operates. Providing new insights into theories of touristic practice, this volume place

General Orientation

From the outset it is necessary to avoid any misunderstanding: this book is not strictly speaking a book on tourism. For anthropologists and sociologists who have participated in this collection, tourism is a difficult subject and object to delimit, even though the field of research is widening, deepening and reaching a kind of maturity (Graburn and Jafari, 1991). This book intends first to clear the ground and gather data in order to pave the way for a comprehensive understanding of a phenomenon which holds enormous potential for social and cultural change, greatly affecting the future of societies. But how can such an analysis be conducted?

The approach advocated here fits with an epistemological perspective stressing diversity in sociology. It engages what Geertz (1986) called ...

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