Resort Spatiality: Reimagining Sites of Mass Tourism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Resort Spatiality

Reimagining Sites of Mass Tourism, 1st Edition

By Zelmarie Cantillon

Routledge

206 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book theorises resorts as distinct kinds of urban milieux, capturing the complexity of destinations famous for ‘sun, sand and sex’ mass tourism. Drawing on qualitative field research (participant observation, interviews and photography), the book discusses examples from six international resort destinations spread across four continents: the Gold Coast, Australia; Phuket and Koh Phangan, Thailand; Cancún, Mexico; Miami, USA; and Ibiza, Spain.

The book reviews the material and symbolic production of lived spaces in these resorts, considering the mutually constitutive, mutually transformative relations between their spatial formations, built environments, popular imaginaries, representations, narratives of identity, rhythms, and the experiences and practices of both tourists and locals. In doing so, it argues for more nuanced ways of conceptualising tourism, globalisation and spatiality, reimagining how these phenomena unfold in lived spaces.

Taking a cultural studies approach to urban analysis, the book demonstrates the value in embracing complexity, fluidity, partiality and uncertainty. It will be of interest to students and researchers of tourism, geography, cultural studies, development studies, anthropology and sociology.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: spatiality and mass tourism

2 Resort cities and regions: historical perspectives and contemporary developments

3 Popular imaginaries, stereotypes and representations

4 Culture and tourism: global trends, local specificity and the symbolic economy

5 Living in sites of leisure: local experiences and impacts of tourism

6 The right to the city: stratification and belonging among resort residents

7 Conclusion: mobilising difference and complexity

About the Author

Zelmarie Cantillon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage (2018) and has contributed to numerous edited collections and journals.

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:
BUS081000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism