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 realize that this is a necessary part of the analysis.

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. In the old days, the term “pilgrim” described not only people who went to places like Mecca, Jerusalem or Ths, but also those on the “road of life”. To ask other readers questions about Touristplease sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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”. If you are starting out in the field or are just interested in thinking about tourism in modern life, this is your book.

The Tourist by Dean MacCannell – Paperback – University of California Press

Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: Nisette rated it liked it May 03, MacCannell discusses such serious topics as “commodity and symbol”, “cultural productions and work groups” and how these relate to work.

Paperbackpages. But advertising, as always, can work wonders! Joe Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 20, There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars. Lists with This Book. The pages are crammed with insights, analysis, good examples and interesting observations. I would also like to read how the author interprets travel today, as it has changed quite a bit since and even when the epilogue was written. It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America.


It is dated, but it is kind of a classic. The tourist wants to penetrate and share the lives of “others”, others who are so distinct from ourselves. It seems to me that all travellers are tourists and vice-versa.

Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant. It wasn’t as good as I’d expected. Tereza Kohutova rated it it was amazing Jun 12, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

I think it is a great starting point for readers to begin with before you move into more contemporary analyses. Published March 29th by University of California Press first published Tge well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular. BA Pudliner rated it it was amazing Feb 10, I thought MacCannell was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization.

It is not a bedtime reading book, but will stimulate plenty of thought. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 23, Tomo rated it really liked it. This book is the classic work of the Anthropology of Tourism.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Karl Georg rated it really liked it Sep 01, I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited to read this book at first. Disciplines Sociology Popular Culture.


Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Origins of Alienated Leisure”, “Staged Authenticity”, “A Semiotic of Attraction”, “The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers”, and “Structure, Genuine and Spurious”, tuorist 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. I was very excited to read this book at first.

If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. Victoria rated it did not like it Jan 18, The pre-modern world has not disappeared, it has been turned into zillions of tourist attractions. Although the appropriation and remixing of the “authentic” has turned out to be even more complex and inventive and enriching than anyone could ,accannell 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.

Hiromi Saito rated it really liked it Mar 31, Found this book on a list of Nine subversive travel books. I was expecting more of a break-down why people visit tourist destinations. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 26, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: Nov 06, Michelle Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 18, molly rated it liked it. Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with.

Anna Kramer rated it did not like it Sep 15, Structure, Genuine and Spurious 9.

Unfortunately, you can’t really share that dinner if you are travelling with forty other pilgrims in search of authenticity on a large bus.

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