Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cultures of Mass Tourism

Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities, 1st Edition

By Pau Obrador Pons

Edited by Mike Crang

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192 pages

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With more than 230 million international tourists a year, the Mediterranean region is the largest tourist destination in the world. This book outlines that its economic importance is matched by its significance as a cultural and aesthetic phenomenon. Through a series of ethnographic insights into some of the key sites of mass Mediterranean tourism, it focuses on package tourists' experiences of the serial, banal and depthless spaces that are mushrooming along the coast and the enchantments, dissolutions and dreams that saturate them. Moving away from the notion of authentic places corrupted by mass tourism, the book shows how new forms and spaces are made and remade by the mobilities and performances of locals, workers and tourists. Finally, the book looks at the complex materialities of mass tourism and the many networks that make it possible.

Reviews

'This collection offers refreshing new perspectives. Exploring the mix between steady routines and the carnevalesque, as well as the skills of handling fleeting transnational encounters, it shows how important it is to take what may seem as the banalities of tourist life very seriously. The result is a fascinating cultural analysis of contemporary life.' Orvar Lofgren, University of Lund, Sweden 'Tourism in the Mediterranean has never received the academic treatment it truly deserves - until now. This book is theoretically astute, substantively rich and spatially diverse. A perfect research tool or teaching text.' Adrian Franklin, University of Tasmania, Australia 'Cultures of Mass Tourism excellently brings out the significance of bodies, beaches and the banal to the making and remaking of the complex and corrupted Mediterranean, the world's largest destination for international visitors.' John Urry, Lancaster University, UK 'The volume represents a nexus of cultural anthropology and human geography and is an excellent addition to existing literature on the cultural anthropology and geography of tourism, and brings the literature up to date with timely examples and current references…a highly enjoyable read.' Annals of Tourism Research

About the Author/Editor

Dr Pau Obrador Pons is a lecturer in geography at the University of Sunderland, Dr Mike Crang is Reader in the Department of Geography, Durham University. and Dr Penny Travlou is a Research Fellow in the OPENspace Research Centre at Edinburgh College of Arts, UK.

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science