Tourism: An Introduction by Adrian
is a matchless guide to understanding the theory, practice, development and
affects of tourism. Written by Adrian Franklin, Professor in the
, an original thinker and lively writer,
charts the moving edge of a field that is racing to keep up with its
transforming object. Responding to changes in the nature of tourism itself,
redefines the very subject of tourist studies and demonstrates the value of
embodies and performative approaches to tourism as a feature of everyday life.
The book equips students with a critical perspective of the
central processes of tourism and the relationship between tourism and culture,
and it places tourism at the heart of modern life rather that as a peripheral
activity. It illuminates the relationship between tourism and nation formation,
citizenship, consumerism and globalization, and it reveals the ritual,
performance, and embodied dimensions of the tourist experience.
The sections of the book include:
- Part One: Questions and Scope – What is tourism?, The foundations and
traces of modern tourism and Elaborations of tourism.
- Part Two: Objects and Rituals – Tourist objects, tourist rituals, Objects
and rituals of seaside, Obkects and rituals of heritage.
- Part Three: The Embodies Tourist – Tourisms of body and nature, Sex and
Mike Crang of the
, Department of Geography says, “This is a rare book…that addresses a host of
contemporary issues in a critical and theoretically informed manner… It reveals
how tourism is infused into contemporary society, through norms, objects and
experiences that permeate western culture. It blends a wide coverage of classic
approaches to tourism with renewed and challenging interpretations to offer
novel approaches and insights.”
By withstanding the traditional approach to tourism as an
add-on activity of contemporary life and treating it as a major cultural
has written a landmark work. Representing
the best new work in the study of contemporary culture,
is essential reading.
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