MacCannell, Dean. The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Schocken Books, MacCannell uses the tourist as a model to describe the. First published in , The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class, by Dean MacCannell, provides a compelling analysis of leisure in contemporary society. The tourist: a new theory of the leisure class, by Dean MacCannell, New York,. Schocken Books Inc., , pp. (softbound), ISBN
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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 l 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 deaan time for international travel.
This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R. Lippard and a new afterword by the author. Paperbackpages. Published March 29th by University of California Press first published To see what your friends thought of this maccannel, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Touristplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Dec 26, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing.
Almost always, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”. Tourists are somebody you can look down on, from the height of your greater awareness, cultural sensitivity, or superior poverty.
In the old days, the term “pilgrim” described not only “Travellers seek authentic Hungarian peasant’s dinner” All around the world, especially in those domains inhabited by readers of Lonely Planet publications, a fine or sometimes not so fine distinction is drawn between “tourists” and “travellers”.
In the fhe days, the term “pilgrim” described not only people who went to places like Mecca, Jerusalem or Rome, but also those on the “road of life”. It seems to me that all travellers are tourists and vice-versa. Anthropologists too are just tourists with a more professional attitude, intent on telling others what they have found deab their in-depth investigations and placing it in an academic framework.
If you want to get to the bottom of this whole topicwith all the various ramificationsthen you must read MacCannell’s book, an essay in the OK, somewhat arcane field of the Anthropology of Tourism.
Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean MacCannell
It is not a bedtime reading book, but will stimulate plenty of thought. The author takes the tourist as a model of modern man. He engages in a very effective piece of structural analysis; more effective in my opinion than any ever created by the Old Master, Claude Levi-Strauss. The pre-modern world has not disappeared, it has been turned into zillions of tourist attractions. We, the seekers, pilgrims, or, if you like, the tourists, try to get close to the roots of our civilization, to our own origins, by visiting and looking at packaged versions of the past.
Where pre-modern societies still exist to some extent, for example, among the hill tribes of Thailand, tourists make great efforts to maccanndll them and, significantly, try their utmost to ensure that their visits are not “packaged” but “real”. The tourist wants maccannell penetrate and share the lives of “others”, others who are so distinct from ourselves. Tourist satisfaction may be directly correlated to how “authentic” the experience seems to the visitors.
That’s why having the authentic Hungarian peasant’s dinner is important.
Unfortunately, you can’t really share that dinner if you are travelling with forty other pilgrims in search of authenticity on a large bus. But advertising, as always, can work wonders! Fake authenticity has become the norm. MacCannell discusses such serious topics as “commodity and symbol”, “cultural productions and work groups” and maccqnnell these ,accannell to work.
Origins of Alienated Leisure”, “Staged Authenticity”, “A Semiotic of Attraction”, “The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers”, and “Structure, Genuine and Spurious”, the author covers a wide variety of fascinating subjects in a brilliant book which will definitely succeed in making you view tourism in a different way forever afterwards.
The pages are crammed with insights, analysis, good examples and interesting observations. This book is the classic work of the Anthropology of Tourism. If you are starting out in the field or are just interested in thinking about tourism in modern life, this is your book.
If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. You will not find less than an authentic gem. Nov 06, Michelle Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Can we call this a classic now? This book is somewhat dated, but is a good start if you’re interesting in learning about the tourism industry and travel narratives.
It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America. There are, however, some turist that keep me from giving this five stars. Mainly, MacCannell attempts to discuss tourism without taking ethnicity, race, and class into consideration. While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now?
While this is an interesting idea, we all probably realize that this is a necessary part of the analysis. Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with.
So for this reason alone, I knocked it down a star. It is dated, dea it is kind of a classic. I think it is a great starting point for readers to begin with before you move into more contemporary analyses. Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: I was very excited to read this book at first. Maccannelo, it just dragged on, and it was so out of date I found it hard to take it forward it a lot of ways. I understand it is a classic and one of the few great books to look to for tourism and travel studies, but it just didn’t do it for me.
That said I did find the author’s perspective on the Marx’s tradition illuminating and for that, I would recommend spending some time with the first few chapters. I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited to read this book at first. I thought MacCannell was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization.
Nov 23, Krista rated it it was ok.
Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class
Not what I expected. I was expecting more of a break-down why people visit tourist destinations. Maccannwll was looking at tourism through a Marxist window. Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for. Hte would also like to read how the author interprets travel today, as it has changed quite a bit since and even when the epilogue daen written.
Nov 19, Stephanie Sun rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best pieces of academic writing that I’ve ever read. Although the appropriation and remixing of the “authentic” has turned out to be even more complex and inventive and enriching than anyone could have predicted when The Tourist was originally published, the fact is that it continues and remains one of the most powerful engines of the global economy.
Feb 23, Tomo rated it really liked it. It wasn’t as good as Toyrist expected. It’s a classic in tourism studies so it’s still worth reading but I was kind of annoyed with his structuralist bent throughout the book. Oh well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular.
I really loved this book and especially MacCannells writing. An interesting macacnnell and, what I though was, and easy fun read. Apr 18, molly rated it liked it. May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: Jan 26, Angela Randall marked rean as to-read Shelves: Found this book on a list of Nine subversive travel books.
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