Dean MacCannell
Rate this book
Clear rating


3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  7 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 1987 by Schocken
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 252)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
May 20, 2013 Lynn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn by: Prof. Jennifer Scott
Shelves: art-land
I was very excited to read this book at first, however it just dragged on and it was so out of date I found it hard to really take it forward it a lot of ways.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.
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
Tommy Rosima
Tommy Rosima marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2014
Andrew Uroskie
Andrew Uroskie marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2014
Que marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2014
Kc Ann
Kc Ann marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2014
Season Ellison
Season Ellison marked it as to-read
May 28, 2014
Tanya marked it as to-read
May 20, 2014
La Mia
La Mia marked it as to-read
May 12, 2014
Linus Vieira
Linus Vieira marked it as to-read
Apr 23, 2014
Olga added it
Apr 22, 2014
Emmanuel Samwe
Emmanuel Samwe marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2014
Khaled added it
Apr 07, 2014
Abir Chraiet
Abir Chraiet marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2014
Lauren Orrell
Lauren Orrell marked it as to-read
Apr 03, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Ethics of Sightseeing Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers The Tourist Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers: Tourist Papers Vol 1 The Time of the Sign: A Semiotic Interpretation of Modern Culture

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »