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1st Edition

Thinking Through Tourism

Edited By

Julie Scott


Tom Selwyn

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ISBN 9781847885302
Published June 1, 2011 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

The study of tourism has made key contributions to the study of anthropology. This volume defines the current state of the anthropology of tourism, examining political, economic, ideological and symbolic themes. An extraordinarily rich collection of case studies illustrate topics as diverse as hospitality, sex and tourism, enchantment, colonial and neo-colonial consumption, and the relation between tourism and gender and ethnic boundaries, as well as questions of global, economic and cultural systems, modernism and nationalism. The book also covers practical and policy issues relating to urban, rural and coastal planning and development. Thinking through Tourism assesses the enormous potential contribution that analysis of tourism can offer to mainstream anthropological thinking. The volume opens up new avenues for enquiry and is an essential resource for students and scholars of anthropology, geography, tourism, sociology and related disciplines.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors Foreword Margaret E. Kenna, Swansea University1. Introduction: Thinking Through Tourism - Framing the Volume Julie Scott, London Metropolitan University and Tom Selwyn, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London2. Contours of a Nation: Being British in Mallorca Hazel Andrews, Liverpool John Moores University3. The Sex of Tourism? Bodies Under Suspicion in Paradise Susan Frohlick, University of Manitoba ,Winnipeg, Canada4. Belonging at the Cottage Julia Harrison, Trent University, Ontario, Canada5. Tourists, Developers and Civil Society: On the Commodification of Malta's Landscapes Jeremy Boissevain, University of Amsterdam6. Enchanted Sites - Prosaic Interests. Traders of the Bazaar in Aleppo Annika Rabo, Stockholm University7. Tropical Island Gardens and Formations of Modernity David Picard, University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal8. Of Jews, Christians, and Travellers in Crete: Recovered ‘Roots', Unwanted ‘Heritage' Vassiliki Yiakoumaki, University of Thessaly (Volos), Greece9. Tourist Attractions, Cultural Icons, Sites of Sacred Encounter: Engagements with Malta's Neolithic Temples Kathryn Rountree, Massey University10. ‘Hotel Royal' and other Spaces of Hospitality: Tourists and Migrants in the Mediterranean Ramona Lenz, University of Frankfurt/Main11. Anthropology, Tourism and Intervention? Simone Abram, Leeds Metropolitan UniversityPostlude Nelson Graburn, Hearst Museum, Berkeley

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Julie Scott is Senior Research Fellow in Culture, Tourism and Development at London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University. Tom Selwyn is Professorial Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


"This volume proves anthropology's engagement with tourism can lead to more than a marriage of convenience. Tourism challenges ethnographers by requiring them to deal with porous culture boundaries, multiple bodies in motion, hybridity, and complex new forms of reflexivity in tradition,"" ""ritual,"" and ""identity."" The reports assembled here more than meet these tests. It is a pleasure to encounter anthropology's classic concepts and methods retooled and newly relevant for understanding our changing world."" - Dean MacCannell, Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis This collection provides new insights into how tourist space is contested and controlled, how sexualised bodies are displayed in the everyday, how the tourists' national identity is constructed in tourist settings, and how anthropological interventions disrupt the purely academic. An altogether marvelous volume and an important addition to tourism studies. - Edward M Bruner, author of Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel, 2005"