Providing a unique analysis of current multidisciplinary research on the complex relationships between tourism and the imaginaries of tourist destinations, this book traces the links between tourism imaginaries and their religious (heaven) and political (utopia) antecedents. The substantive chapters are organised into three main thematic sections, the first explores the touristic production and consumption of place imaginaries, the second analyses the way places are practiced through imaginaries and the role imaginaries play in the tourist experience and the final section explores the way images and the media participate in the creation of tourism imaginaries.
Maria Gravari-Barbas is Professor of Geography at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. She is also in charge of the IREST (Institute of Research and Higher Studies on tourism) and EIREST (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Tourism Studies). She leads the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism, Development" and coordinates the UNESCO UNITWIN network of the same name.
Nelson Graburn is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. He is a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the Research Committee on Tourism (RC-50) of the International Sociological Association, and the Tourism Studies Working Group at U C Berkeley, and serves on the editorial board (for anthropology) of Annals of Tourism Research.
’Tourism exists within and between momentary realities and ever-accelerated flows of images and ideas. This insightful volume deepens our understandings of tourism and its transformative power of people and places through a critical engagement with collective representations, their circulation and influences. Importantly it draws upon extensive disciplinary perspectives and international cases to offer a rich and valuable addition to the tourism studies literature.’ Mike Robinson, University of Birmingham, UK ’This volume is an original effort to revive the multi-faceted concept of imaginaries and turn it into the hub of a wide spectrum of disciplinary and theoretical approaches, while documenting its relevance by a rich variety of empirical studies from many parts of the world. It should be of interest for anyone concerned with innovative post-disciplinary theorizing, as well as for practitioners engaged in tourism destination development.’ Erik Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel