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The Tourist Gaze By Professor John Urry

The Tourist Gaze

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Tourism is a key aspect of modern life and a substantial industry. In this book, the author sets out to construct a distinctive sociology of tourism. He demonstrates that tourism deserves attention as a central element of broad cultural changes in contemporary society.
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The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies by Professor John Urry

Tourism is both a key aspect of modern life and a substantial industry; yet its importance has been generally unrecognized by academic commentators. In this book John Urry sets out to construct a distinctive sociology of tourism. He demonstrates that tourism deserves attention not only in its own right but as a central element of broad cultural changes in contemporary society. The book's primary focus is on the idea of the "tourist gaze" - that there are systematic ways of "seeing" what we as tourists look at and that these ways of seeing can be described and explained. John Urry develops this analysis through various levels - historical, economic, social, cultural and visual. Mass tourism is charted from its origins in the English seaside resorts to its development as a global industry. The economic impact and complex social relations involved in international tourism are explored. Changing patterns of tourism are shown to be connected to the broader cultural changes of postmodernism and related to the role of the service and middle classes. The author argues that we are seeing a universalization of the tourist gaze and increasing confusion between "tourism" as it is conventionally understood and a host of other social practices - shopping, sport, culture, hobbies, leisure and education.

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Table of Contents


The tourist gaze; mass tourism and the rise and fall of the seaside resort; the changing economics of the tourist industry; working under the tourist gaze; cultural changes and the restructuring of tourism; gazing on history; tourism, culture and social inequality.

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GOR009376267
The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies by Professor John Urry
Professor John Urry
Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society
Used - Like New
Paperback
SAGE Publications Ltd
1990-08-06
192
080398183X
9780803981836
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.