Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.



Identity is concerned with how we see ourselves, whether individually, collectively or as a nation. This shapes all of our value systems and ideology, influencing where and how we travel or why.

Identity is a rather fluid concept, especially in the post-modern, global era. Globalisation and the invasion of virtual time and space have had serious repercussions on identity at both an individual and a collective level. The mobilities, fluxes and flows caused by the blurring of physical boundaries on territories, geographical and political reorganisation, voluntary and obligatory movements of individuals and flows of information and capital, of the network society, have triggered redefinitions of identity at multiple levels of society and social organisation.

Sarup (1996) describes how identity construction is based on theories such as ...

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