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Tourist Studies developed as a sub-branch of older disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology and economics, and newer applied fields of study in hospitality management, civil rights and transport studies. This Handbook is a sign of the maturity of the field. It provides an essential resource for teachers and students to determine the roots, key issues, and agenda of Tourism Studies.

Tourism and Performance
Tourism and performance
Theorizing Performance

The use of the metaphor of performance in tourism studies can be traced to Dean MacCannell's (1976) seminal assertion that tourism is a quest for an evasive authenticity. MacCannell suggests that tourists, disenchanted by the apparent inauthenticity of their lives, are searching for more “real” experiences, perhaps by visiting non-Western cultures they understand as “traditional.” However, they are doomed only to find a “staged authenticity.” This form of dramatic production, which typically might be a dance show or craft demonstration, organized by local hosts to satisfy tourist desires, is merely a “front stage” commercial performance that is part of the tourist product they are destined to consume. It may well be, argues MacCannell, that authenticity resides in “backstage” areas where ...

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