Seductions of Place

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The seductiveness of touristed landscapes is simultaneously local and global, as travelled places are formed and reworked by the activities of diverse, mobile people, in their desires to experience situated,
sensuous qualities of difference. Cartier and Lew's interesting and informative book explores contemporary issues in travel and tourism and human geography, and the complex cultural, political, and economic activities at stake in touristed landscapes as a result of globalization.

This book assesses travel and tourism as simultaneously cultural and economic processes, through ideas about place seduction and the formation of landscapes. Throughout, examples are given from urban and environmental touristed landscapes, from major world cities to tropical islands, and chapter contributions include:

  • an analysis of the representational character of landscape and the built environment
  • historic constructions of place seduction
  • the importance of class, racial, and gender dimensions of place
  • how mobility and the seduction of place orient identity formation
  • the environmental impacts of tourism economies.

Broad in scope,
this book is ideal for social scientists and humanists who are interested in contemporary debates about place studies, mobility, and the located realities of globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415192194
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Critical Geographies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Cartier is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Southern California and Alan A. Lew is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation at Northern Arizona University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Touristed Landscapes/Seductions of Place Part 2: Interventions 2. Flirting with Space: Tourism Geographies as Sensuous/Expressive Practice 3. Tourism and the Modern Subject: Placing the Encounter between Tourist and Other 4. The Souvenir and Sacrifice in the Tourist Mode of Consumption 5. Tourism Economy: The Global Landscape Part 3: The City 6. Silicon Values: Miniaturization, Speed and Money 7. Bellagio and Beyond 8. Seducing Global Capital: Reimaging Space in Melbourne and Sydney 9. Urbanscape as Attraction: The Case of Guangzhou 10. San Francisco and the Left Coast Part 4: The Beach 11. Tourist Weddings in Hawai'i: Consuming the Destination 12. Maintaining the Myth: Tahiti and its Islands 13. Tourism Development and Seascapes of the Caribbean: Uncertain Images 14. The Contested Beach: Resistance and Resort Development in Antigua, West Indies Part 5: The Orient 15. Desiring Ashima, Sexing Landscape in China's Stone Forest 16. 'New Asia-Singapore': A Concoction of Tourism, Place and Image 17. Is the Great Wall of China the Great Wall of China? 18. Existential Tourism and the Homeland: The Overseas Chinese Experience Part 6: Conclusion 19. Centering Tourism Geography

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