`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).

Objects and Rituals of Seaside

Objects and rituals of seaside

I intend to use the term seaside as a general term for what is otherwise and variously referred to as ‘the pleasure beach’ or ‘sea, sand and surf holidays’ or coastal resort tourism or more latterly, after Lencek and Bosker (1999), ‘the beach’. I think there is something quite general about all of these to justify a general term although it is important to recognise that they do not denote the same cultural activity across time and in different places nor are they the same in terms of cultural practices between nations, ethnic groups, class, age and so forth ...

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