Travel, Tourism and Identity addresses the psychological and social adjustments that occur when people make contact with others outside their social, cultural, or linguistic groups. Whether such contact is the result of tourism, seeking exile, or relocating abroad, the volume's contributors demonstrate how one's identity, cultural assumptions, and worldview can be brought into question.
In some cases, the traveller finds that bridging the social and cultural gap between himself and the new society is fairly easy. In other cases, the traveller discovers that reorienting himself requires absorbing a new cultural history and traditions. The contributors argue that making these adjustments will surely enhance the traveller's or tourist's experience; otherwise the traveller or tourist will be at risk of becoming a marginalized figure, one disconnected from the society that surrounds him.
This latest volume in the Culture & Civilization series features a collection of essays on travel and tourism. The essays cover a range of topics from historical travels to modern social identities. They discuss ancient travels, contemporary travels in Europe, Africa and sustainable eco-tourism, and the politics of tourism. Essays also address experiences of Grenada's "Spice Island" identity, and the effects of globalization and migrations on personal identity.
Table of Contents
Gabriel R. Ricci
1. The Importance of Dio's Travels
2. "Homer in a Nutshell": The Nostoi of J. F. Usko (1760–1841)
3. Greece in Travel Writing and Tourist Discourse: Cross-Cultural Encounters and the Construction of Classifications
4. Travel Writers and Greece: The Legacy of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor
5. Know Thyself: An Anglo-Greek Author's Search for Roots and Identity
6. "I Don't Know Where I Am—Boise or the Basque Country": Diaspora Identity Travel and Tourism
John P. Bieter and Nina M. Ray
7. Experiential Branding of Grenada's "Spice Island" Identity
8. Measuring Identity: Indicators for Comparison of Real and Fictional Discourses on a Cultural Heritage City
Raquel Bello Vazquez
9. Identity Sustainability, Identity Affectivity, and the Ithaca Traveller: Conceptual Tools for Measuring and Modelling Tourism as an Opportunity
Elias J. Torres Feijo
10. Staged Authenticity and Identity Conflicts: Cultural Tourism in Africa
Kelly Virginia Phelan
11. Globalization, Migrations, and Personal Identity
A. Pablo Iannone
12. Midlife Single Men and the Solo Holiday
13. Imagining "Home": Discovering Multiples Selves and Homes through Travel
14. Studying Abroad
15. "Massive Involvement": Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm and the Limits of "Reality Tourism"
16. Grockles and Locals: Tourists, Service Providers, and Residents—Mutual Perceptions and the Reciprocal Gaze (A Mediterranean Case Study: Corfu, Greece)