Sharp, engaging, and relevant Tourist Cultures presents valuable critical insights into tourism–arguing that within the imagined real spaces of the traveler self it becomes possible to envision tourist cultures and futures that will empower and engage.
This volume presents a framework for understanding tourism which is subject-centered, dynamic, and capable of dealing with the complexity of contemporary tourist cultures.
The book argues that tourists are not passive consumers of either destinations or their interpretations. Rather, they are actively occupied in a multi-sensory, embodied experience. It delves into what tourists are looking for when they travel, be they on a package tour, or immersing themselves in the places, cultures, and lifestyles of the exotic.
Tourism is examined through a consideration of the spaces and selves of travel, exploring the cultures of meaning, mobilities, and engagement that frame and define the tourist experience and traveler identities.
This book draws on the explanatory traditions of sociology, human geography, and tourism studies to provide useful insights into the experiential and the lived dimensions of tourism and travel.
Written in an accessible and engaging style, this is a welcome contribution to the growing literature on tourism and will be important reading for students in a range of social science and humanities courses.
Chapter 2: The Tourist Experience
The Tourist Experience
Much of the theorizing about tourism has sought to understand why people travel and to explain the centrality of travel (as a complex set of social and cultural practices) to contemporary society and the contribution it makes to the economies of cities and nations around the world. In particular, different approaches to understanding travel and the tourist experience have recognized that tourism encompasses a diverse range of sometimes contradictory activities and experiences. In this chapter, we trace some of the key developments in seeking to understand tourism in terms of the tourist experience. Our focus is directed first towards the foundational works that have been most relevant and influential, particularly those that situate the tourist as ‘subject’ at the centre ...