Culture and Everyday Life provides students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical models, issues and examples of contemporary cultural practice. Andy Bennett begins by summarising and situating - in everyday settings - the key theoretical models applied in the study of existing cultural practices. This entails a systematic study of how academic thinking about mass culture has changed, from critical accounts of early mass cultural theorists to radical postmodernist critiques of mass cultural accounts and to 'the cultural turn', which explored how various social identities are culturally constructed.
From the mid-twentieth century onwards, tourism ceased to be the pursuit of a wealthy minority and became a more widely experienced and accepted form of leisure and recreation. To a large extent, this was due to breakthroughs in technology which gave rise to more efficient and cost-effective forms of transport and made long-distance travel accessible for an increasing number of people (Urry, 1995). This, in turn, gave rise to a greater variety in the forms of travel and tourism available as travel companies sought to cater for as wide a range of tourist tastes and preferences as possible. By the late twentieth century, tourism had became a major global industry, with new resorts, theme parks and other tourist attractions appearing in various locations around ...