`Argued with a real verve, it makes a plea to rethink the role of tourism in modernity seeing it not as a fleeting and marginal element, but as something enduring, emblematic and constitutive of contemporary society. Tourism is seen as a key element of modern life, not an escape from it' - Mike Crang, Department of Geography, University of Durham Tourism is a rapidly growing area of student enrolment. Lecturers and students who have waited patiently for an up-to-date, lucid and indispensable teaching and research text, need wait no more. This book is a matchless guide to understanding the theory, practice, development and effects of tourism. Tourism: An Introduction: - equips students with a critical perspective of the central processes of tourism and the relationship between tourism and culture - places tourism at the heart of modern life rather than as a peripheral feature added on after work - illuminates the relationship between tourism and nation formation, citizenship, consumerism and globalization - reveals the ritual, performative and embodied dimensions of tourist experience This book offers readers a major synthesis of modern thought on tourism. It breaks the mould of approaching tourism as a self-contained, compartment of contemporary life and treats it as a major and exciting cultural phenomenon. This is a landmark work in the study of tourism. Adrian Franklin is the editor of the acclaimed journal Tourist Studies (SAGE Publications).

Conclusion – A World of Tourism

Conclusion – A World of Tourism

Conclusion – A world of tourism

Now everything arrives without the need to depart.

(Virilio, 1999: 20)

It is a cliché to say that we live in an ever-changing world but sorting out how it has changed and how it has a bearing on the way we live our lives remains a permanent challenge for sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and historians. I began this book by questioning the wisdom of some explanations of tourism, such as that of MacCannell (1976) writing in the mid-1970s and Urry (1990) writing at the end of the 1980s. Although there are many others we might mention, we can single these two out in particular because they established such a firm grip on the future direction of thinking, ...

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