Many places around the world are being produced, converted, interpreted and made fit for tourist consumption. This fascinating book analyzes tourist performances such as walking, shopping, sunbathing, photographing, eating and clubbing, and studies why, and indeed how, some places become global centres whilst others don’t. Arranged in four distinct parts, it considers:
* Performing Paradise
* Performances of Global Heritage
* Remaking Playful Places
* New Playful Places
Incorporating a wide array of empirical research and innovative international case studies, it illuminates this phenomenon: from Eco-tourism on the beach to shopping in Hong Kong, from the making of 'Cool Reykjavik' to tourism in high-rise suburbs in Paris, and from Inca heritage to medical tourism.
Edited by two world authorities in tourism studies, this revealing book deploys a range of theories related to the 'mobility turn' in the social sciences in order to analyze the contingent and networked nature of how places are stabilized as fit for playful performances. Well-written and researched, with coherent analysis and presentation, this book will appeal to academics, students and those interested in the complex character of global change.
Table of Contents
1. Places to Play, Places in Play Part 1: Performing Paradise 2. Demobilizing and Remobilizing the Carribean Paradise 3. Islands in the Sun: Cyprus 4. Eco-Tourists on the Beach 5. Shifting the Beach: Surf, sand and bodies Part 2: Performances of Global Heritage 6. Little England's Global Conference Centre 7. Bodies, Spirits and Incas: Performing 8. On the Track of the Vikings 9. Art Exhibitions Travel the World 10. Reconstituting the Taj Mahal: Tourist flows and globalisation Part 3: Remaking Playful Places 11. The Paradox of a Tourist Centre: Hong Kong as a site of play and a place of fear 12. Barcelona's Games: The Olympics, urban design and global tourism 13. Tourists in the Concrete Desert 14. Favela Tours: Indistinct and mapless representations of the real in Rio de Janeiro Part 4: New Playful Places 15. Playing On-line and Between the Lines: Round-the-world websites as virtual places to play 16. 'Let's build a palm island!': Playfulness in complex times 17. Atomica World: The place of nuclear tourism 18. Death in Venice