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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

International Tourism and Utopia: The Balearic Islands
International tourism and Utopia: The Balearic Islands
Tourism and the Incorporation of Ibician Society

This study takes as its point of departure the specific example of the island of Ibiza in the Balearic group (Spain), and sets out to explore several general questions. How do visitors and the indigenous population represent the culture of the other? What kinds of material and symbolic exchanges take place between them? What part does culture play in the development of the tourist product and its commercialization? How are both individual and collective identities tested by the diffusion of international tourism? Our intention here is to use a case study to examine the analytical model of tourism, and its cultural implications.

The expansion of tourism on ...

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