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Tourism, Performance, and Place

A Geographic Perspective, 1st Edition

By Jillian M. Rickly-Boyd, Daniel C. Knudsen, Lisa C. Braverman


196 pages

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Drawing upon theories of landscape and performance, this work weaves together existing tourism literature with new scholarship to forge a geographically informed theory of tourism. Such a theory integrates the ways in which places are co-produced, circulated, interpreted, experienced, and performed for and by tourists, tourism boards, and even as everyday spaces. Bringing together theories of ritual, Peircean semiotics, ideology, and performance, the authors blend the often separate literatures of tourism sites and touristic practices. Whereas most tourism texts focus on a part of the 'tourism equation'-the tourism site, or the tourist experience-a geographic theory of tourism brings these constituent parts together in thinking about notions of place. Place processes are central to geography as well as tourism studies because tourism facilitates encounters with distinct locations. As this book argues, considering tourism as performative draws disparate areas of tourism theory together to better understand the ways tourism happens in and across places.


’As an academic field, tourism studies has embraced many disciplines, with seminal works coming out of a host of disciplines. The authors of this book deserve high praise for acknowledging and demonstrating the role that these works play not only in our current knowledge, but also in developing the field. Their use of ritual, semiotics, ideology and performance is even more relevant today than when first mooted.’ Sue Beeton, La Trobe University, Australia ’A critical spatial discourse on the ritualization and performativity of tourism, this fine tome provides an interesting and intellectual examination of tourism place and space. It successfully fuses deep and meaningful theoretical insight with interesting empirical examples to highlight theory in practice. I commend the authors for writing an exciting and novel book that is sure to please all who are interested in the production and consumption of tourism places.’ Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University, USA ’One of a very few studies that meets the epistemic challenge posed by global tourism. An innovative repurposing of social and semiotic theory to explain how space and place are constructed by humanity in transit, where assumptions of shared common language or culture do not hold, where borders and boundaries are meant to be crossed and not to contain.’ Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: landscape perspectives on tourism places. Part I Theoretical Frameworks: Introduction; Rituals of tourism; Semiotics and tourist meaning-making; Ideology and tourism sites; Performing tourism places. Part II Tourism Performances: Introduction; Performing tourist ideologies: Israeli birthright tourism; Marketing ’Danishness’; Touring Florence; Lifestyle rock climbers: mobile performances of home; Conclusion: expanding tourism geographies. Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

Jillian M. Rickly-Boyd, Daniel C. Knudsen, Lisa C. Braverman are at Indiana University, USA and Michelle M. Metro-Roland is at Western Michigan University, USA.

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:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography