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Sex and Tourism

Sex and tourism

Summary

Sex has been a part of tourism for a very long time, but according to Veijola and Jokinen's (1994) playful paper that sets up a fictional theoretical discussion between themselves and Urry and Rojek – on a beach – ‘the body has been absent from the corpus of the sociological studies on tourism’ and ‘the analyst himself has likewise lacked a body’ (Veijola and Jokinen, 1994: 149). As part of this discussion, the two authors (who want to argue an embodied, phenomenological position against the visualism of Urry and Rojek) engage in topless sun bathing and at one point are rudely interrupted by a naked man ...

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