This innovative volume focuses on tourism through the twin lenses of cultural theory and cultural geography. Presenting a set of innovative case studies on tourist places around the world, the contributors explore the paradoxes of the tourist experience and the implications of these paradoxes for our broader understanding of modern identity as simultaneously grounded and mobile. The book examines how tourism reveals the paradoxical ways that places are both mobile and rooted, real and fake, inhabited by those who are simultaneously insiders and outsiders, and both subjectively experienced and objectively viewed. This rich blend of empirical and theoretical analysis will be invaluable for cultural geographers, anthropologists, and sociologists of tourism.
Claudio Minca is professor of human geography at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Tim Oakes is associate professor of geography at the University of Colorado.
Chapter 1 Preface: Places and Performances Chapter 2 Introduction: Traveling Paradoxes Chapter 3 Sensing Tourism Spaces Chapter 4 Circulation and Emplacement: The Hollowed-out Performance of Tourism Chapter 5 Itinerary and the Tourist Experience Chapter 6 Heimat Tourism in the Countryside: Paradoxical Sojourns to Self and Place Chapter 7 Three Trips to Italy: Deconstructing the New Las Vegas Chapter 8 Tourist Places and Negotiating Modernity: European Women and Romance Tourism in the Sinai Chapter 9 Re-inventing the "Square": Postcolonial Geographies and Tourist Narratives in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakech Chapter 10 Portable Autonomous Zones: Tourism and the Travels of Dissent Chapter 11 Terror and Tourism: Charting the Ambivalent Allure of the Urban Jungle Chapter 12 Get Real! On Being Yourself and Being a Tourist