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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 8 (Page no: 135)

Tourism as metempsychosis and metensomatosis: the personae of eternal recurrence.

This paper examines metempsychosis as an ideological dynamic driving and structuring the behaviour of tourists, and explores the ways in which such a reading of tourist behaviour might be theorized in relation to paradigms within anthropology and sociology. As the argument develops, a distinction emerges between two metempsychotic levels of tourism behaviour: a manifest, unilinear level; and a more implicit, embedded level. It is concluded that tourism is invariably a repeated journey in which the tourist enacts roles appropriate to places on the basis of the discursive features, established within preexisting protocols of ideology and social practice.

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: 4 (Page no: 61) The tourist experience and everyday life. Author(s): McCabe, S.
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: 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
  • International Tourism Research Institute, University of Luton, Putteridge Bury, Hitchin Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 8LE, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 085199606X
  • Record Number
  • 20023098356