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Chapter 5: Mapping Tourism Consumption: From Fordism to McDonaldization

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Mapping Tourism Consumption: From Fordism to McDonaldization
Mapping tourism consumption: From fordism to McDonaldization
Perspectives on Tourism Consumption

During the 1990s Urry sought to outline a sociology of consumption ‘concerned with the differential purchase, use and symbolic significance of material objects’ (1995:129), but more especially in relation to the consumption of tourism. This is part of a wider set of studies that recognize that people's lives are shaped not only by their occupations and the nature of production but, more importantly, also by consumer goods and services. According to some commentators, consumer processes and goods are the most significant elements of developed societies (McCracken 1990). In such societies, McCracken argues, consumption is a cultural phenomenon and without consumer goods ‘these developed societies would lose key instruments for the ...

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