This is a critical introduction to the relations between tourism, tourists, and tourism spaces. It fuses economic and cultural perspectives to explain how tourism is dependent on place and space, while at the same time as defining those places and spaces. Examining different levels of scale - from local to global - Tourism and Tourism Spaces is informed by the discussion of three key processes: - production and consumption of tourist spaces - consumption and commodification of tourist experiences - construction and reconstruction of tourist spaces Each chapter engages with different theoretical perspectives; is illustrated with comparative examples and case studies; uses tables, boxes and figures throughout; and concludes with a summary. An integrated and systematic review of a range of theoretical positions - that integrates economic and cultural - Tourism and Tourism Spaces will be a key resource for students of geography, sociology, management studies, hospitality studies, and leisure studies.

Tourism and the Commodification of Local Communities: Impacts and Relationships

Tourism and the Commodification of Local Communities: Impacts and Relationships

Tourism and the commodification of local communities: Impacts and relationships

Changing Perspectives on Tourism Impacts

In the previous chapters we explored the tourism industry and the dimensions of tourist cultures. Both are characterized by increasingly engineered experiences and global developments, which have stretched the production and consumption circuits of Western society into developing economies. The cultures of tourism have become more economically oriented, while at the same time more goods and services are deliberately produced as ‘cultural’, that is they are designed with a ‘specific set of meanings and associations’ in mind (Meethan 2001: 118). We have discussed this broadly, and more specifically in terms of tourism, as the experience economy (Chapter 2). The cultural capital associated ...

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