What is meaningful about the experience of travelling abroad? What
feeds the impulse to explore new horizons? In Being a Tourist,
Harrison analyzes her conversations with a large group of
upper-middle-class travellers. Why, she asks, do these people invest
their resources -- financial, emotional, psychological, and physical --
in this activity? Harrison suggests that they are fuelled by several
desires, including a search for intimacy and connection, an expression
of personal aesthetic, an exploration of the understanding of
"home," and a sensemaking strategy for a globalized world.
She also reflects on the moral and political complexities of the
travels of these people.
Being a Tourist draws on a wide range of social theory,
going beyond current debates of authenticity and consumption.
Engagingly and thoughtfully written, it will be required reading for
those in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and, more
generally, for anyone interested in tourism studies and travel