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1st Edition

Performing Tourist Places

ISBN 9781138269415
Published May 16, 2017 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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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.


’...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 ’ 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