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The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Argues that the tourist makes an excellent sociological model of modern mankind, discusses the social function of leisure, and examines the nature of the tourist experience.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Schocken (first published 1976)
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May 20, 2013 Lynn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn by: Prof. Jennifer Scott
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I was very excited to read this book at first, however it just dragged on and it was so out of date I found it hard to really take it forward it a lot of ways.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 really illuminating and for that I would recommend spending sometime with the first few chapters. I thought MacCannell was able to use ...more
Stephanie Sun
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.
Not what I expected. I was expecting more of a break-down why people visit tourist destinations. This was looking at tourism through a Marxist window. Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for. I would also like to read how the author interprets travel today, as it has changed quite a bit since 1976 and even 1999 (when the epilogue was written).
It wasn't as good as I'd 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.
Worth a read and a few useful ideas but very very dated; lots of current work goes beyond this.
we're all tourists, no matter how refined our touristic experience is
May 24, 2009 Nathanial is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
on loan from cassie; see also identity tourists
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