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Cinematic Tourist Mobilities and the Plight of Development
On Atmospheres, Affects, and Environments

ISBN 9781138388673
Published November 7, 2018 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

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 1_Introduction

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

Epistemic misalignment


Postindustrial disobedience

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


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Rodanthi Tzanelli is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK.

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Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology, University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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