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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

Life as a Tourist Object in Australia
Life as a tourist object in Australia

My interest in tourism derives from a research project on the cultural politics of ‘development’ — that whole nexus of real estate speculation, industrialized leisure, tourist promotion and environmental conflict constituting what is called (not without a touch of irony) the ‘hospitality sector’ — in Australia between 1972 and 1988. These dates serve as a guide to the periodization made necessary by tourism's ongoing importance to the Australian economy, and its effects in the social landscape. Without historical parameters, critical discourse in a project such as mine risks consigning itself to the role of descriptive chronicling of apparently endless change.

The year 1972 represents a threshold in modern Australian history: our first Labor ...

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