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The tourist as a metaphor of the social world.

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This book includes 15 papers selected from the presentations that were delivered at the 15th World Congress of the International Sociological Association. These papers were prepared for that organization's research committee on international tourism, which took as its overall theme 'the tourist as a metaphor of the social world'. Following the introductory chapter, two contributions (chapters 2 and 3) raise serious fundamental questions about how academics should research (and hence theorize) about tourists. The next two contributions (chapters 4 and 5) provide a critique of conventional tourism wisdom. Chapter 6 suggests that tourism is an intricate and evolving social network with varying degrees of trust that are based on the correlative processes of self-presentation and interpretation. Chapter 7 conceptualizes the tourist and the social world within a paradigm of social facts so that the former becomes a sign of the latter. Chapter 8 sees the tourist as never entirely alone on an uncharted journey, because there are always those who have undertaken it before. Chapter 9 asks the question as to whether or not tourists experience reality. Chapter 10 provides an analogy between tourism and love in all its many phases. Chapter 11 emphasizes that it is necessary to go beyond traditional analyses that focus solely on the 'tourist gaze'. The next two essays (chapters 12 and 13) highlight the fact that not all tourists are identical and hence, by implication, that the tourist as a metaphor of the social world must be understood as a multiple persona figurative of complex reality. The final three contributions (chapters 14-16) present postmodern and futuristic perspectives on tourists. The book has a subject index.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The tourist as a metaphor of the social world. Author(s): Dann, G. M. S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) The ethnographic tourist. Author(s): Graburn, N. H. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 41) The discursive tourist. Author(s): Moore, K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 61) The tourist experience and everyday life. Author(s): McCabe, S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 77) The home and the world: (post)touristic spaces of (in)authenticity? Author(s): Jamal, T. Hill, S.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Trusting tourists: an investigation into tourism, trust and social order. Author(s): Kuhn, L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 121) The tourist as a social fact. Author(s): Picard, D.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 135) Tourism as metempsychosis and metensomatosis: the personae of eternal recurrence. Author(s): Seaton, A. V.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 169) Tourism: enacting modern myths. Author(s): Hennig, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 189) A love affair with elsewhere: love as a metaphor and paradigm for tourist longing. Author(s): Lengkeek, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 209) Leading the tourist by the nose. Author(s): Dann, G. M. S. Jacobsen, J. K. S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 237) Re-centring the self in volunteer tourism. Author(s): Wearing, S.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 263) Glastonbury: a tourist town for all seasons. Author(s): Digance, J. Cusack, C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 281) The tourist as peak consumer. Author(s): Wang Ning
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 297) The cinematic tourist: perception and subjectivity. Author(s): Morkham, B. Staiff, R.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 317) The cybertourist. Author(s): Prideaux, B.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • International Tourism Research Institute, University of Luton, Putteridge Bury, Hitchin Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 8LE, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851996066
  • Record Number
  • 20023098345