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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

Industrial Heritage in the Tourism Process in France
Industrial heritage in the tourism process in France

The analysis on which this chapter is founded is the fruit of many years of research within the CNRS team called Unité de Recherche en Sociologie du Tourisme International (URESTI). It was within this framework that I was induced to link industrial archaeology and tourism, which are generally considered separately, in one and the same approach.

The impetus for centring my research work on the industrial archaeology movement came from my own personal experience: the ancient medieval forge belonging to my family had been converted into a museum. Being an academic has enabled me to comprehend the inner working of the mediations occurring within this process — mediations which otherwise would ...

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