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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 Jewish Pilgrim and the Purchase of a Souvenir in Israel
The Jewish pilgrim and the purchase of a souvenir in Israel

MacCannell has claimed that the ‘tourist consciousness is motivated by the desire for authentic experiences, and the tourist may believe that he is moving in that direction’ when he travels (1973: 597). For MacCannell (1976) the search for authenticity is one of the outstanding characteristics of modern society, although he does not clearly define what he considers ‘authenticity’ to be. MacCannell (1973) proposes that we see the authenticity presented to tourists as ‘staged’, contrary to Boorstin (1964), who saw this authenticity as completely false, a ‘pseudo-event’. An alternative theory is presented by Cohen, who proposed that we consider the authenticity of the tourist world ...

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