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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

The Anthropologist as Tourist: An Identity in Question
The anthropologist as tourist: An identity in question

A tourist is always the other person.

J. Krippendorf, The Holiday Makers

The anti-tourist deludes only himself. We are all tourists now.

P. Fussell, Abroad

The last 25 years have witnessed a staggering growth in mass tourism; it has also been a period of considerable change within the discipline of anthropology. With the collapse of the colonial framework which provided the opportunity for so much of our field research, combined with a number of general theoretical shifts, anthropology has entered a period of reflexive anxiety which has brought to the fore the problem of the anthropological identity. Much recent work which has addressed the issue of the representation of the ‘anthropological self’ has focused ...

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