It is said that movies have encroached upon social realities creating tourism enclaves based on distortions of history and heritage, or simulations that disregard both. What localities and nation-states value are discarded, suppressed, or modified beyond recognition in neoliberal markets; thus flattening out human experience, destroying natural habitats in the name of development, and putting the future of whole ecosystems at risk.
Without disregarding such developmental risks Cinematic Tourist Mobilities and the Plight of Development explores how, en route to any beneficial or eco-destructive development, film tourist industries co-produce atmospheres of place and culture with tourists/film fans, local activists, and nation-states. Drawing on international examples of cinematically-induced tourism and tourismophobic activism, Tzanelli demonstrates how the allegedly unilateral industry-driven ‘design’ of location stands at a crossroads between political structures, systems of capitalist development, and resurgent localised agency.
With an interdisciplinary methodological and epistemological portfolio connected to the new mobilities paradigm, this volume will appeal to scholars, students, and practitioners interested in tourism, migration, and urban studies in sociology, anthropology, geography, and international relations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 2_On touring the world: an epistemontological frame
Phantasmagoric palimpsests: twenty-first-century cinematic tourist atmospheres
Cities and countrysides: toward a new cinematic tourist mobilities paradigm
Western/European practice on the bar? Heritage and the holistic plea for life
Chapter 3_Attuning and aligning: synaesthesia and the making of worlds
An ecoaesthetics of worldmaking in cinematic pilgrimage
A primer in epistemontological investigation
Chapter 4_Mobile design: a purposeful pilgrimage into cinematic tourist sites
Carving mobilities: a preliminary statement
Poly-graphic design: a selection of case studies
The island of order(-ing): freedoms and burdens in Orientalisation
Chapter 5_The ‘hubris of the zero point’: three responses
Towards a choreutics of ecosocial action
Islands of disorder and choreosophies of potentia
Chapter 6_Crafting the impossible, meddling with the anthropocenic puzzle
Classroom experiments, lessons learned
Windows of darkness: degrowing and enfolding
Windows of hope: from heritage to identity reinterpretation
Rodanthi Tzanelli is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK.