The Cinematic Tourist

Explorations in Globalization, Culture and Resistance

By Rodanthi Tzanelli

© 2007 – Routledge

184 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415581325
pub: 2010-01-20
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About the Book

Recent years have seen a radical transformation of conventional tourist marketing and experience. The use of exotic locations in Hollywood films has allowed global audiences to enjoy distant places. Simultaneously, Hollywood screening of potential 'tourist paradises' has generated new tourist industries around the world. This book takes a closer look at this new phenomenon of 'cinematic tourism', combining theory with case studies drawn from four continents: America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

The author explores audiences' perceptions of film and their covert relationship with tourist advertising campaigns, alongside the nature of newly-born tourist industries and the reaction of native populations and nation-states faced with the commodification of their histories, identities and environments.


'Because of its multidisciplinary approach, which draws upon historical studies, social theory, moral economy, critical and cultural geography, anthropology and media studies, the book will surely interest different audiences. Students and scholars willing to explore the intricacies of late modernity will find in The Cinematic Tourist a wealth of stimulating theoretical insights and empirical data.'

-Giovanni Porfido,University of Birmingham, in Sociology vol 44 no 4 p787-789

Table of Contents

1. The World of Signs: Production as Consumption/Consumption as Production 2. Pitfalls of the ‘Tourist Gaze’: Ecotourist Dialogues and the Politics of Global Resistance 3. ‘National Elf Services’: Organized Capitalism as Resistance 4. Corelli Goes to Hollywood: Crypto-Colonial Histories and Local Resistance 5. ‘Welcome to the Land of Salsa’: Lifestyle and the Curse of Orientalism 6. Farewell to Authenticity? Capitalist/Cultural Hegemony and the Structure of Resistance

About the Originator

Rodanthi Tzanelli

Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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About the Series

International Library of Sociology

The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
TRAVEL / General