The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class / Edition 1

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Overview

The Tourist is an examination of the phenomenon of tourism through a social theory lens that encompasses discussions of authenticity, and low culture, and the construction of social reality. It brings the concerns of social science to an analysis of travel and sightseeing in the postindustrial age. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard and a new epilogue by the author.

"A perceptive, entertaining discussion of tourists and tourism. . .lends a new and important tone to traditional debates about high and low culture."--Contemporary Sociology

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New York Times Book Review
The Tourist is one of those books that can be best enjoyed for its heuristic value, for the questions it raises as much as for the answers it offers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520218925
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/1999
  • Series: Sociology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Dean MacCannell is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis, and the author of Empty Meeting Grounds (1992) and The Time of the Sign (1982).
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction to the 1989 Edition
Acknowledgments
1 Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 17
2 Sightseeing and Social Structure 39
3 The Paris Case: Origins of Alienated Leisure 57
4 The Other Attractions 77
5 Staged Authenticity 91
6 A Semiotic of Attraction 109
7 The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers 135
8 Structure, Genuine and Spurious 145
9 On Theory, Methods and Application 161
Epilogue 189
Notes 205
Index 221
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