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Being a tourist [electronic resource] : finding meaning in pleasure travel /
Julia Harrison.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2003.
description
ix, 262 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0774809779
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Book
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imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2003.
isbn
0774809779
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10495228
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-254) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Julia Harrison, formerly a museum curator, is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Trent University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
Readers seeking insight into the psychology of travel from seasoned travelers will find that this title fills a gap in the tourist literature, since books dealing with psychological aspects are few in comparison with the area-based case studies, tourism genre treatments, and economic cost/benefit analyses that dominate the field. Harrison (anthropology, Trent Univ.) mines two solid studies in this vein--Philip Pearce's The Social Psychology of Tourist Behaviour (CH, Feb'83) and The Tourist Experience: A New Introduction (2002, 2nd ed.), an anthology edited by Chris Ryan--but they are general in scope, reviewing past research and suggesting theoretical frameworks for analyzing tourist motivation and assessing the tourist experience. Harrison, in contrast, considers these subjects using a 33-person sample of avid middle-class Canadian travelers, providing a very fine-grained analysis of the meanings they draw from their travels, with numerous quotations from the individuals involved and a profile of each of them. The flavor is ethnographic and particularistic; Harrison provides many conceptual frames through which to view the experiences of her interviewees, yet their own voices come through. This retention of individuality makes the book unique, providing an unusual narrative depth. The author's command of the theoretical literature is impressive. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. C. Hendershott New School University
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Review Quotes
"The flavor is ethnographic and particularistic; Harrison provides many conceptual frames through which to view the experiences of her interviewees, yet their own voices come through. This retention of individuality makes the book unique, providing an unusual narrative depth. The author's command of the theoretical literature is impressive...Highly recommended." -- C. Hendershott, Choice, June 2003 "Being a Tourist will undoubtedly come to figure as a benchmark study in the anthropology of tourism -- a book to which all subsequent studies will want to refer. Finally, a study of tourism from the tourists' point of view!" -- David Howes, editor of Cross-Cultural Consumption: Global Markets, Local Realities "The stories told by these travel enthusiasts about their experiences provide one of the richest sources of data on tourism that I have ever read, so multi-layered and complex that it shatters many easy generalizations. At last we have tourist voices, insightfully analyzed and placed in context. A theoretically sophisticated discourse on travel, yet so clearly presented that reading Being a Tourist is a sheer delight." -- Edward M. Bruner, University of Illinois, co-editor of The Anthropology of Experience
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Summaries
Main Description
What is meaningful about the experience of travelling abroad? What feeds the impulse to explore new horizons? In Being a Tourist, Harrison analyzes her conversations with a large group of upper-middle-class travellers. Why, she asks, do these people invest their resources -- financial, emotional, psychological, and physical -- in this activity? Harrison suggests that they are fuelled by several desires, including a search for intimacy and connection, an expression of personal aesthetic, an exploration of the understanding of "home," and a sensemaking strategy for a globalized world. She also reflects on the moral and political complexities of the travels of these people. Being a Tourist draws on a wide range of social theory, going beyond current debates of authenticity and consumption. Engagingly and thoughtfully written, it will be required reading for those in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and, more generally, for anyone interested in tourism studies and travel writing.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Being a Touristp. 3
Making Connectionsp. 43
The Tourist Aestheticp. 92
Journeying Homep. 139
Colouring the World's Mapp. 164
Coming Backp. 205
Travellers' Biographiesp. 214
Notesp. 233
References Citedp. 243
Indexp. 255
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