The Media and the Tourist Imagination: Convergent Cultures

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Overview

Tourism studies and media studies both address key issues about how we perceive the world. They raise acute questions about how we relate local knowledge and immediate experience to wider global processes, and they both play a major role in creating our map of national and international cultures.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this book explores the interactions between tourism and media practices within a contemporary culture in which the consumption of images has become increasingly significant. A number of common themes and concerns arise, and the contributions included are divided between those:

  • written from media studies awareness perspective, concerned with the way the media imagines travel and tourism
  • written from the point of view of the study of tourism, considering how tourism practices are affected or altered by the media
  • that attempt a direct comparison between the practices of tourism and the media.

Incorporating case study material from the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, the US, France and Switzerland, this significant text - ideal for students of culture, media and tourism studies - discusses tourism and the media as separate processes through which identity is constructed in relation to space and place.

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'A ground-breaking collection that brings forth new ideas for the critical analysis of the interface between tourism and media studies.' - Kevin Hannam, University of Sunderland, UK

'This thought-provoking volume diversely maps the overlapping contours of the real and imaginary domains of tourism and media, and the complex landscapes we navigate on journeys through screens, sounds and scenery.' - Mark Neumann, University of South Florida, USA

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Meet the Author

David Crouch is Professor of Cultural Geography, Tourism and Leisure, and Rhona Jackson and Felix Thompson are Lecturers in Film and Television Studies at The University of Derby.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the media and the tourist imagination 1
2 Mediating tourism : an analysis of the Caribbean holiday experience in the UK national press 14
3 Media makes Mardi Gras tourism mecca 27
4 Amber films, documentary and encounters 42
5 On the actual street 60
6 Screaming at the Moptops : convergences between tourism and popular music 76
7 'Troubles tourism' : the terrorism theme park on and off screen 92
8 Mediating William Wallace : audio-visual technologies in tourism 105
9 Mobile viewers : media producers and the televisual tourist 119
10 'I was here' : pixilated evidence 135
11 'I'm only here for the beer' : post-tourism and the recycling of French heritage films 143
12 'We are not here to make a film about Italy, we are here to make a film about ME...' : British television holiday programmes' representations of the tourist destination 154
13 Tourists and television viewers : some similarities 170
14 Converging cultures; converging gazes; contextualizing perspectives 183
15 Producing America : redefining post-tourism in the global media age 198
16 Journeying in the Third World : from third cinema to tourist cinema? 215
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