The role of the body and the concept of embodiment have largely been neglected in anthropological studies of tourism. This book explores the notion of the tourist body and develops understanding of how touristic practice is embodied practice, not only for tourists but also for those who work in tourism.
This book provides a more holistic understanding of the role of the body in making and re-making self and world by engaging with tourism. This collection brings together scholars whose work intersects with the anthropology of tourism who each draw upon ethnographically informed research based on international case studies that include India, Turkey, Australia and Tasmania, Denmark, the United States, Nepal, France, Italy, South Africa and Spain. The case studies focus on a variety of themes including human and nonhuman ‘bodies’.
The range of case studies gives the book an international appeal that makes it valuable to academic researchers and students in the disciplines of social anthropology, cultural geography, sociology, philosophy and the field of tourism studies itself.
List of Figures; List of Tables; Notes on Contributors; 1. Tourism and Embodiment: Animating the Field; 2. Re-encountering Bodies: Tourists and Children on the Riverfront of Banaras; 3. Never Just an Any Body. Tourist Encounters with Wild Bears in Yosemite National Park; 4. Queer Bodies and the Construction of Tourism Destination Space; 5. Rethinking the Body in the Touristic Scenario: The Elusiveness of Embodying Disability into Tourism; 6. Yoga as an Embodied Journey toward Flexibility, Openness and Balance; 7. Yoga-scapes, Embodiment and Imagined Spiritual Tourism; 8. Embodying Dyke on Bike: Motorcycling, Travel and the Politics of Belonging On-the-Move; 9. A Matter of Life and Death: Tourism as Sensual Remembrance; 10. Bodies at Sea: 'Water' as Interface in Viking Heritage Communication; 11. Daily Female Embodied Experiences of Slow Food Making in Halfeti Southeast Turkey; 12. Clay, Glass and Everyday Life: Craft-Artists’ Embodiment in the Tourist Landscape; 13. Material-bodily Assemblages on a Multi-day Wilderness Walk; 14. Phenomenological Anthropology of Interactive Travel: Mediated Responsivity and Inter-placed Mobilities; 15. Afterword; Index