The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

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University of California Press, 1976 - Social Science - 231 pages
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Long regarded as a classic, The Tourist is an examination of the phenomenon of tourism through a social theory lens that encompasses discussions of authenticity, high 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, during which the middle class acquired leisure time for international travel. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard and a new afterword by the author. Long regarded as a classic, The Tourist is an examination of the phenomenon of tourism through a social theory lens that encompasses discussions of authenticity, high 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, during which the middle class acquired leisure time for international travel. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard and a new afterword by the author.
 

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Contents

1 Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences
17
2Sightseeing and Social Structure
39
Origins of Alienated Leisure
57
4T he Other Attractions
77
5Staged Authenticity
91
6A Semiotic of Attraction
109
8Structure Genuine and Spurious
145
9On Theory Methods and Application
161
Epilogue
189
Notes
205
Index
221
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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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