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The tourist as a metaphor of the social world.

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This book includes 15 papers selected from the presentations that were delivered at the 15th World Congress of the International Sociological Association. These papers were prepared for that organization's research committee on international tourism, which took as its overall theme 'the tourist as a metaphor of the social world'. Following the introductory chapter, two contributions (chapters 2 an...

Chapter 4 (Page no: 61)

The tourist experience and everyday life.

This paper reassesses the dynamics of the relationship between the tourist, the tourist experience and some of the theoretical frameworks traditionally used to underpin analyses of tourist behaviour. Specifically, the discussion focuses on the extent to which tourist experiences reflect wider issues in the ordinary, everyday lives of members of society. It suggests that concepts developed in sociological understandings of the tourist, in particular the idea that the key catalyst of demand for tourism is a search for authentic and meaningful life experiences, in contrast to everyday life, are becoming more intricate and problematic. It argues that the tourist experience reflects, magnifies and distils everyday life. It accordingly proposes three ways in which the tourist reflects the nexus between tourism and everyday life, through a discussion of identity and resistance, the body and gender relations, and the 'home' space.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The tourist as a metaphor of the social world. Author(s): Dann, G. M. S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) The ethnographic tourist. Author(s): Graburn, N. H. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 41) The discursive tourist. Author(s): Moore, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 77) The home and the world: (post)touristic spaces of (in)authenticity? Author(s): Jamal, T. Hill, S.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Trusting tourists: an investigation into tourism, trust and social order. Author(s): Kuhn, L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 121) The tourist as a social fact. Author(s): Picard, D.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 135) Tourism as metempsychosis and metensomatosis: the personae of eternal recurrence. Author(s): Seaton, A. V.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 169) Tourism: enacting modern myths. Author(s): Hennig, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 189) A love affair with elsewhere: love as a metaphor and paradigm for tourist longing. Author(s): Lengkeek, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 209) Leading the tourist by the nose. Author(s): Dann, G. M. S. Jacobsen, J. K. S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 237) Re-centring the self in volunteer tourism. Author(s): Wearing, S.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 263) Glastonbury: a tourist town for all seasons. Author(s): Digance, J. Cusack, C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 281) The tourist as peak consumer. Author(s): Wang Ning
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 297) The cinematic tourist: perception and subjectivity. Author(s): Morkham, B. Staiff, R.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 317) The cybertourist. Author(s): Prideaux, B.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School for Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby DE22 1GB, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 085199606X
  • Record Number
  • 20023098349