Real Tourism: Practice, Care, and Politics in Contemporary Travel Culture, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Real Tourism

Practice, Care, and Politics in Contemporary Travel Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by Claudio Minca, Tim Oakes


266 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Over the past decade, tourism studies has broken out of its traditional institutional affiliation with business and management programs to take its legitimate place as an interdisciplinary social science field of cutting edge scholarship. The field has emerged as central to ongoing debates in social theory concerning such diverse topics as postcolonialism, mobility, and postmodernism, to name just a few. While there has been a diverse body of empirical research on this transformation the theoretical discussions in tourism studies remain largely attached to theories of modernity and Anglo-centric assumptions about tourism. There is a need for the field to come to terms theoretically with the contemporary and future realities of tourism as a truly global phenomenon.

Real Tourism is a significant volume which sets this new theoretical agenda, engaging directly with what tourism does in practice and in place and demonstrates the need for a theoretical intervention that moves tourism scholarship beyond the province of Anglophone thinking. The volume achieves this by explicitly bridging ‘western’ and ‘non-western’ scholarship on tourism; reframing theoretical discussions around ‘real practices’ instead of abstract typologies; and radically delinking tourism theory from the grand narratives of modernity and assumptions about authenticity, identity, tradition, and development. The book brings together leading academics in the field and provides provocative multidisciplinary and multi-contextual reflection on the future of tourism.

This original, timely and compelling volume puts forward new post modernist ideas and arguments about tourism today and in the future. It is essential reading for students, researchers and academics interested in Tourism.

Table of Contents

1. Real Tourism Claudio Minca and Tim Oakes 2. No Country for Old Men Claudio Minca 3. Time to Hostess. Reflections on Borderless Care Eeva Jokinen and Soile Veijola 4. The Rhythms of Tourism Tim Edensor 5. The Rime of the Frequent Flyer. Or, What the Elephant has got in his Trunk Steven Flusty 6. Touring Modernities: Disordered Tourism in China Tim Oakes 7. Practicing Tourist Landscapes: Photographic Performances and Consumption of Nature in Japanese Domestic Tourism Eriko Yasue and Kazuo Murakami 8. Medical Tourism, Medical Exile: Responding to the Cross-Border Pursuit of Healthcare in Malaysia Meghann Ormond 9. Post-Ethical Tours: Corporate Social Responsibility in Tourism Harng Luh Sin 10. Tourism and the Question of Poverty Saithong Phommavong 11. Post-War Tours Jamie Gillen

About the Editors

Claudio Minca is Head and Professor of the Cultural Geography Department at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and Research Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, the University of London, UK.

Tim Oakes is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / General