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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

Sex Tourism and Traditional Australian Male Identity
Sex tourism and traditional Australian male identity
Suzy Kruhse-MountBurton

The description of sex tourism simply as ‘tourism whose main or major motivation is to consummate commercial sexual liaisons’ (Graburn, 1983: 438) masks the complex process by which individuals choose to seek sexual gratification, first within prostitution, and secondly as a part of the tourist experience. Observers have suggested that the ‘cheaper’ sex available in South East Asian prostitution is an inadequate explanation for the persistence of sex tourism, since the impetus for blending travel with the consumption of commercial sex can be distinguished from the employment of prostitutes within the normal environment of the individuals involved (Wyer and Towner, 1988: 35; Hong, 1985: 73). Clearly, both ‘push’ and ‘pull’ dimensions ...

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