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Tourism: Between Place and Performance

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Between Place and Performance

Edited by Simon Coleman and Mike Crang

260 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-745-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2002)

ISBN  978-1-57181-746-4 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (June 2002)

eISBN 978-0-85745-713-4 eBook

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Many accounts of tourism have adopted an almost paradigmatic visual model of the gaze. This collection presents an expanded notion of spectatorship with a more dynamic sense of embodied and performed engagement with places. The approach resonates with ideas in anthropology, sociology, and geography on performance, invented traditions, constructed places and traveling cultures. Contributions highlight the often contradictory, contested and paradoxical constructions of landscape and community involved both in tourist attractions and among tourists themselves. The collection examines many different practices, ranging from the energetic pursuit of adventure holidays to the reading of holiday brochures. It illustrates different techniques of seeing the landscape and a variety of ways of creating and performing the local. Chapters thus demonstrate the mutual entanglement of practices, images, conventions, and creativity. They chart these global flows of people, texts, images, and artefacts. Case studies are drawn from diverse types of tourism and destination focused around North America, Europe, and Australasia.

Simon Coleman moved to Sussex University in 2004, having spent 11 years at Durham University as Lecturer and then Reader in Anthropology, and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health.

Mike Crang is Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Durham.

Subject: Travel & Tourism Theory & Methodology in Anthropology


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Contributors

Jeremy Boissevain

Chapter 1. Grounded Tourists, Travelling Theory
Simon Coleman and Mike Crang


Chapter 2. Chapter 3. The Accelerated Sublime: Thrill-seeking Adventure Heroes in the Commodified Landscape
Claudia Bell and John Lyall

Chapter 3. Making the Scene: The Poetics and Performances of Displacement at the Grand Canyon
Mark Neumann

Chapter 4. The Scottish Highlands as Spectacle
Fraser MacDonald


Chapter 5. Acing Local: Two Performances in Northern Italy
Paola Filippucci

Chapter 6. "Cose Paesane": Enacting Ambivalent Identities in the Italian Alps
Keith Ridler

Chapter 7. Go Athens: A Journey to the Centre of the City
Penny Travlou

Chapter 8. Adventure Tourists and Locals in a Global City: Resisting Tourist Performances in London's 'East End'
John Eade


Chapter 9. Welcome to Flintstones-Land: Contesting Place and Identity in Goreme, Central Turkey
Hazel Tucker

Chapter 10. Performing Place: A Hyperbolic Drugstore in Wall, South Dakota
Eve Melzer

Chapter 11. Farming, Dreaming and Playing in Iowa: Japanese Mythopoetics and Agrarian Utopia
Charles Fruehling Springwood


Chapter 12. The Power of Metaphors in Tourism Theory
David Chaney

Chapter 13. Surrounded by Place: Embodied Encounters
David Crouch


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