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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While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now?

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Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. However, it just dragged on, and it was so out of date I found it hard to take it forward it a lot of ways. It seems to me that all travellers are tourists and vice-versa. The tourist wants to penetrate and share the lives of “others”, others who are so distinct from ourselves.

While this is an interesting idea, we all probably realize that this is a necessary part of the analysis. In this classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, author Dean MacCannell brings social scientific understandings to bear on tourism in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel.

Nov 19, Stephanie Sun rated it it was amazing Toourist But advertising, as always, can work wonders! In the old 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”. To ask other readers questions about Touristplease sign up.

If you want to get to the bottom of this whole topicwith all the various ramificationsthen you must read MacCannell’s book, an essay touist the OK, somewhat arcane field of the Anthropology of Tourism. One of the best pieces of academic writing that I’ve ever read. Open Preview See a Problem?

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If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: Found this book on a rourist of Nine subversive travel books. Tourist satisfaction may be directly correlated to how “authentic” the experience seems to the visitors. Jeffrey rated it liked it Mar 14, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for. I was expecting more of a break-down why people visit tourist destinations.

Joe Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 20, Tourists are somebody you can look down on, from the height of your greater awareness, cultural sensitivity, or superior poverty. Simo rated it liked it Mar 30, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

So for this reason alone, I knocked it down a star. Claire Aubrey rated it it was amazing Dec 30, If you are starting out in the field or are just interested in thinking about tourism in modern life, this is your book. Disciplines Sociology Popular Culture.

It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America. Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant.

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 tougist, the fact is that it continues and remains one of th most powerful engines of the global economy. This book is the classic work of the Anthropology of Tourism.

Fake authenticity has become the norm.

I really loved this book and rourist MacCannells writing. There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars. May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: 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.

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Where pre-modern societies still exist to some extent, for example, among the hill tribes of Thailand, tourists make great efforts to visit them and, significantly, try their utmost to ensure that their visits are not “packaged” but “real”.

I was very excited to read this book at first. He engages in a very effective piece of structural analysis; more effective in my opinion than any ever created thf the Old Master, Claude Levi-Strauss. Almost always, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”.

Nisette rated it liked it May 03, Paperbackpages. Hiromi Saito rated it really liked it Mar 31, Not what I expected.

Anthropologists too are just tourists with a more professional attitude, intent on telling others what they have found in their in-depth investigations and placing it in an academic framework. Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 2. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. An interesting book and, what I though was, and easy fun read. Return to Book Page.

Unfortunately, you can’t really share that dinner if you are travelling with forty other pilgrims in search of authenticity on a large bus. Lena Kulik rated it liked it Feb 23, About the Book In this classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, author Dean MacCannell brings social scientific understandings to bear on tourism in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel.

Brian rated it liked it May 21, Origins of Alienated Leisure 4.