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Tourist Cultures: Identity, Place and the Traveller

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Sharp, engaging, and relevant this bookpresents a framework for understanding tourism which is subject-centered, dynamic, and capable of dealing with the complexity of contemporary tourist cultures. Tourism is examined through a consideration of the spaces and selves of travel, exploring the cultures of meaning, mobilities, and engagement that frame and define the tourist experience and traveler identities. This book draws on the explanatory traditions of sociology, human geography, and tourism studies to provide useful insights into the experiential and the lived dimensions of tourism and travel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761949985
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Stephen Wearing is an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). His research and projects are in the area of Leisure and Tourism Studies, with a PhD focused on sustainable forms of tourism. Stephen has taught at a variety of universities in his career at UTS, including Wageningen University, Netherlands; Newcastle and Macquarie University, Australia. In 2000, he received an excellence in teaching award (UTS) and in 2008 a National Teaching Award while his teaching of international students at the World Leisure's and Tourism International Centre of Excellence (WICE) and Australian Conservation Training Institute (ACTI) has also been applauded. As Chair, Advisor and Board Member of Youth Challenge Australia (YCA) for over 20 years he has overseen its development into an NGO in the area of volunteer tourism and social development, working with communities in 9 developing countries. His work with range of steering committees including the wildlife steering committee for the CRC Sustainable Tourism, Australia; WICE advisory committee on training, Netherlands and the Australian Conservation Training Institute has given him useful experience in his academic career and service to the community. He is a Fellow and Life Member of Parks and Leisure Australasia and editor of its journal.
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Table of Contents

1. Introducing The Cultures of Tourism
Understanding Tourism
From Flâneur to Choraster?
Tourism, Experience and Space
The Structure of Tourist Cultures
2. The Tourist Experience
Functions and Formulations
Typologies of Experience
Authenticities and Alternatives
3. Tourism and Identity
Time to Escape
Identity and the Traveller Self
Stories and Narratives
4. Encountering the Other
(Inter)Cultural Dominance
Hosts and Guests
Gender, Sex and Tourism
5. The Landscapes of Tourism
Tourist Cultures, Tourist Space
Touring Nature
Cityscapes of Travel
6. Global Tourism, Local Cultures
Valuing the Local
Backpackers and Global Wanderers
Hybrid Travel Cultures
7. Tourism, Space and Representation
Image, Memory and Imagination
Post-tourism and Beyond
'Thirdspace' of the Traveller Self
8. Conclusion
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