The role of the body and ideas 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.
The 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 16 scholars in 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 USA, 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.
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1. Tourism and Embodiment: Animating the Field
Catherine Palmer and Hazel Andrews
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
Sally Ann Ness
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
Rafael Cruces Portales and Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal
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
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
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
13. Material-bodily Assemblages on a Multi-day Wilderness Walk
14. Phenomenological Anthropology of Interactive Travel: Mediated Responsivity and Inter-placed Mobilities
Christopher A. Howard and Wendelin Küpers
This series draws inspiration from anthropology’s overarching aim to explore and better understand the human condition in all its fascinating diversity. It aims to expand the intellectual landscape of anthropology and tourism in relation to how we understand the experience of being human.
As people inhabit, organize, construct and classify the world around them they transform it into a meaningful world of places, ‘things’ and activities reflective of human culture and society. Tourism is a significant activity capable of uncovering the ways in which life and living is constructed, experienced and understood. This series provides a home for critical inquiry into the spaces, places, and lives in and through which tourism unfolds. Spaces and places such as the coast, the countryside and the built environment; airports, hotels and cruise ships; museums, attractions and souvenir shops; virtual spaces and that of the imagination. How such spaces are embodied, thought about and ‘used’ – imagined, constructed and experienced, memorialized and contested – are indicative lines of enquiry.
Although anthropology provides the guiding framework we invite contributions that draw from related disciplines and fields of study for example, philosophy, history, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, the arts, feminist studies, and so forth.