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Tourism in Global Society : Place, Culture, Consumption - Kevin Meethan

Tourism in Global Society

Place, Culture, Consumption

Hardcover Published: 20th March 2001
ISBN: 9780333760574
Number Of Pages: 214

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There is a wealth of scholarship on tourism from a variety of different disciplines, but few attempts to synthesize its broad themes into a coherent analytical framework. This book addresses this problem by analyzing tourism in light of contemporary social theory. By focusing on tourism in terms of consumption, commodification, and the political and cultural economy, the relationships between tourism, globalization, people, and place are explored in an empirically grounded but theoretically informed analysis.

'...a valuable addition to the sociological and anthropological literature in tourism.' - Janne Liburd, University of Houston

List of Tablesp. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Theorising Tourismp. 1
Introduction: why theory?p. 1
Conceptualising modernityp. 6
Tourist spaces of modernityp. 9
Theorising tourism and modernityp. 11
Plan of the bookp. 13
Creating Tourist Spaces: from Modernity to Globalisationp. 16
Introductionp. 16
Restructuring spacep. 17
Revitalising urban spacep. 20
Postmodernism, place and aestheticsp. 25
Globalisationp. 33
A symbolic economy of spacep. 36
Conclusionp. 39
Tourism Development and the Political Economyp. 41
Introductionp. 41
Tourism: modernisation or underdevelopment?p. 42
Globalisation and economic deregulationp. 49
Tourism multinationalsp. 50
Mediating globalisation: power and policiesp. 53
Localising developmentp. 56
Conclusionp. 64
Tourism: Modernity and Consumptionp. 66
Introductionp. 66
Production--Consumptionp. 68
Marketing and nichesp. 72
Control or choice?p. 74
The consuming gaze?p. 81
Narratives of place and consumptionp. 84
Conclusionp. 87
Authenticity and Heritagep. 90
Introductionp. 90
Authenticity, alienation and the 'exotic other'p. 91
Tradition and heritagep. 95
Imagined pasts, imagined placesp. 98
The politics of heritagep. 99
Global heritagep. 102
More than entertaining nostalgia?p. 104
Consuming heritage: places and objectsp. 107
Conclusionp. 111
Whose Culture?p. 114
Introductionp. 114
Culturep. 115
Global culture?p. 117
Tourism and culture: homogeneity or heterogeneity?p. 121
What is cultural tourism?p. 127
Other people, other culturesp. 129
The politics of cultural tourismp. 130
Conclusion: culture and commodificationp. 135
Whose Place? Tourism, People and Changep. 138
Introductionp. 138
Place and identityp. 139
Tourism impactsp. 143
Gender and workp. 147
Creating and maintaining boundariesp. 151
Mediating the boundariesp. 153
Acting it out: ritual, place and tourismp. 156
Conclusionp. 160
Place, Culture and Consumptionp. 163
Modernity, utopia and dystopiap. 163
Accounting for globalisationp. 166
A symbolic economy of spacep. 168
Towards a future research agendap. 169
A methodological notep. 172
Suggested Further Readingp. 174
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780333760574
ISBN-10: 0333760573
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 20th March 2001
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.1
Edition Number: 1