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 3: Tourism and Identity
Tourism and Identity
A significant proportion of the early research into tourism was concerned with categorizing tourists and tourist activities and producing typologies that represented tourists. In this context, some interest was directed to the part that holidays play in establishing a sense of self-identity (Bammell and Bammell, 1992; Cohen and Taylor, 1976; Löfgren, 1999). Also important is the notion of authenticity which became a touchstone for sociological explanations of tourism and the tourist experience. In moving away from a concern with typologies and to some extent with authenticity, this chapter explores the ways in which a focus on the tourist self and identity can provide a conceptual framework for understanding tourist cultures and the experiences which shape the traveller. The starting point ...