The Tourist Gaze, Third Edition restructures, reworks and remakes the groundbreaking previous versions making this successful book even more relevant for tourism students, researchers and designers in the new century. The tourist gaze remains an agenda setting theory, incorporating new principles and research. Packed full of fascinating insights this new edition is fresh and contemporary, intelligently broadening its theoretical and geographical scope and providing a nuanced account which responds to various critiques.The book has been significantly revised to include up-to-date empirical data, many new case studies and fresh concepts. Three new chapters have been added which explore photography and digitization, embodied performances, risks, and alternative futures.Innovative and informative, this book is essential reading for all involved in contemporary tourism, leisure, cultural policy, design, economic regeneration, heritage and the arts.
Chapter 5: Changing Tourist Cultures
Changing Tourist Cultures
We have so far conceptualised the tourist gaze as being distinct from other social activities and occurring at particular places for specific periods of time. This viewpoint was reinforced by analysis in Chapters 3 and 4 of some salient characteristics of tourism. Although it is difficult to demarcate just what is and is not part of that industry, we presume a reasonably tight specification. In Chapter 4, for example, we discussed the specific character of service performances in the hospitality and experience economies. But in this chapter we consider how changes in the nature of especially western societies over the past few decades are undermining such a precise notion. We argue that there has been a reversal of the long-term ...