Place is integral to tourism. In tourism, almost all issues can ultimately be traced back to human–place interactions and human–place relationships. Sense of place, also referred to as place attachment, topophilia, and community sentiment, has received significant attention in tourism studies because it both contributes to, and is affected by, tourism.
This book, written by notable authors in the field, examines sense of place and place attachment in terms of a typology of sense of place/place attachment that includes genealogical/historical, narrative/cultural, economic, ideological, cosmological, and dynamic elements. Dimensions of place attachment such as place identity, place dependence, and affective attachment are discussed as well as place marketing, place making, and destination management.
Complete with a range of illustrative international cases and examples ranging from Santa Claus to the importance of place in indigenous and traditional cultures, this book represents a substantial addition to knowledge on the inseparable relationship between tourism and place and will be of great interest to all upper-level students and researchers of Tourism.
1 Place matters!: Introduction to sense of place and place attachment in tourism
2 Where I am from – The genealogical sense of place
3 Stories of place – The narrative sense of place
4 My land provides me all – The economic sense of place
5 Place and I – Sense of place and place identity
6 A holy mess? Sacred place and the religious sense of place
7 You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone! The dynamic nature of sense of place
8 Exploring the virtual world – The sense of place from VR tourism experiences
9 Conclusions: Home and away – Losing and finding a sense of place
‘This book substantially advances our understanding of human-place interactions and the nature of the human-place relationship in tourism research with implications for addressing various challenges facing tourism destinations in the world today. It should be required reading for social scientists, tourism practitioners and policy makers.’
Larry Dwyer, Visiting Research Professor, Business School, University of Technology, Sydney
‘With great insights on topophilia and place authenticity studies, this refreshing book walks the reader through theoretical discussions on sense of place and place attachment and their relevance to humanistic geography and tourism, together with interesting examples and cases drawn from various cultures and contexts.’
Bihu Wu, Professor and Director, International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research, Peking University