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 5: The Landscapes of Tourism
The Landscapes of Tourism
This book has highlighted the significance of the relationship between the travel experience and the identity of the traveller self. Particularly important in this context are relations and interactions with Others that occur within the tourist space. In seeking to go beyond the emphasis within much of tourism studies on the tourist as a flâneur, for whom travel is a way of looking at, but not engaging with, predetermined destinations, we have sought to consider travel as a process whereby engaged travellers experience and encounter spaces, places and identities to extend their cultural boundaries beyond those imposed by everyday life. In so doing, we have positioned the tourist or traveller self as an interacting choraster. In this chapter ...