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1st Edition

Tourism and Embodiment

ISBN 9781138573550
Published July 24, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Notes on Contributors

1. Tourism and Embodiment: Animating the Field

Catherine Palmer and Hazel Andrews

2. Re-encountering Bodies: Tourists and Children on the Riverfront of Banaras

Jenny Huberman

3. Never Just an Any Body. Tourist Encounters with Wild Bears in Yosemite National Park

Sally Ann Ness

4. Queer Bodies and the Construction of Tourism Destination Space

Bradley Rink

5. Rethinking the Body in the Touristic Scenario: The Elusiveness of Embodying Disability into Tourism

Rafael Cruces Portales and Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal

6. Yoga as an Embodied Journey toward Flexibility, Openness and Balance

Amy Speier

7. Yoga-scapes, Embodiment and Imagined Spiritual Tourism

Patrick McCartney

8. Embodying Dyke on Bike: Motorcycling, Travel and the Politics of Belonging On-the-Move

Anna de Jong

9. A Matter of Life and Death: Tourism as Sensual Remembrance

Geoffrey Bird, Hilary Leighton and Ann-Kathrin McLean

10. Bodies at Sea: 'Water' as Interface in Viking Heritage Communication

Michael Haldrup

11. Daily Female Embodied Experiences of Slow Food Making in Halfeti Southeast Turkey

Anna Elisabeth Kuijpers

12. Clay, Glass and Everyday Life: Craft-Artists’ Embodiment in the Tourist Landscape

Solène Prince

13. Material-bodily Assemblages on a Multi-day Wilderness Walk

Kaya Barry

14. Phenomenological Anthropology of Interactive Travel: Mediated Responsivity and Inter-placed Mobilities

Christopher A. Howard and Wendelin Küpers

15. Afterword

Soile Veijola


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Catherine Palmer, PhD, is an anthropologist, Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Hazel Andrews, PhD, is a social anthropologist and Reader in Tourism, Culture and Society at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.