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Performing Tourist Places

1st Edition

By Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Michael Haldrup, John Urry


182 pages

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This book looks at the making and the consuming of places in the contemporary world. Illustrated through various case-studies from Denmark, it considers how places, performances and peoples intersect. It examines the fascinating circumstances through which visitors to a place, in part, produce that place through their performances. Places are intertwined with people through various systems that generate and reproduce performances in and of that place. These systems comprise networks of ’hosts, guests, buildings, objects and machines’ that contingently realize particular performances of specific places. The studies featured here develop an exciting ’new mobility’ paradigm emerging within the social sciences.


’…a very important contribution to the current discussion about tourism and places…the content of the book brings up-to-date perspectives about tourist practices, performances, and mobilities and also raises questions about production, consumption and representation of places where the concepts of time and space are central.’ Professor Lars Aronsson, University of Kalmar, Sweden ’…a genuine theoretical advance in tourism studies, [which] combines philosophical sophistication with lucid, unpretentious writing. With its insistence upon replacing reifying concepts and mechanical theories with a theoretical perspective that does justice to the hybrid nature of human performances, and of the time and space they bring into being, this book transcends the narrow bounds of Tourism Studies, or even Human Geography…’ Dr Judith Adler, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada ’…an insightful new cut on the multilayered and interwoven fabric of tourism. It offers a nuanced account of what tourists and institutions do in order to make holidays happen. With illuminating attention to the fabric of everyday life in a series of ethnographic examples, this book puts the real holiday experience in the foreground.’ Mike Crang, University of Durham, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Castles in the sand; Producing tourist places; Consuming tourist places; Staging the beach; Photographing attractions; Memory work; Inhabiting, navigating, drifting; Places, performances and people; Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt and Michael Haldrup are both Associate Professors, and Dr Jonas Larsen is a Teaching Assistant. They all work in the Department of Geography and International Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. John Urry is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, 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:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography