How do we re-theorize tourism? By drawing less on the Foucauldian notion of 'tourism as gazing' and instead focusing on the social construction of meaning in the landscape, this insightful book provides an innovative and compelling new approach to tourist studies. Arguing that in any view of the landscape and in tourism generally there is a multiplicity of insider and outsider meanings, the book grounds tourism studies within the framework of social theory, and particularly in the social theoretic approaches to landscape. Bringing together specialists in tourism and landscape studies to discuss the relationships between the two, it finds that issues of identity are a common thread and are raised with regard to the social construction of landscape and its portrayal through tourism. The international studies range in scale from regional to national, personal to political, and from local residents to international tourists, highlighting the multiplicity of interpretations and meanings between these scales.
Daniel C. Knudsen is Professor of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Michelle M. Metro-Roland is a PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Anne K. Soper is assistant Professor of Tourism and Events Management, George Mason University Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Charles E. Greer is associate Professor (Emeritus) of Geography and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
'By reconceptualizing landscape in terms of place and meaning, this volume helps create a foundation for a new paradigm in tourist research, to replace that once provided by John Urry's The Tourist Gaze (1990), with its foundation in an idea of landscape as scenery.' Kenneth R. Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden