Gay Tourism

Gay Tourism : Culture and Context

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The gay tourism industry a progressive social force or a pull towards an oppressive status quo?

The pink tourism dollar is now recognized as a highly profitable niche of the tourism market. Gay Tourism: Culture and Context critically investigates the emergence of a commercial gay tourism industry for male clients, the way it is organized, and how the tourism industry promotes cities, resorts, and nations as 'gay' destinations. This careful examination critically questions the social, political, and cultural implications regarding relationships between gay tourism, Western gay male culture, the erotic, sexual politics, and sexual diversity.

Gay Tourism: Culture and Context begins by detailing how travel often enabled the expression of Western same-sex male desire in the nineteenth century and then charts the
emergence of a Western gay tourism industry in the late twentieth century. A critical analysis is given of gay guidebooks and erotic videos that help to establish and maintain destinations as seemingly gay utopias, including Hawaii and the Greek island Mykonos. Carefull consideration
as to debates about how the gay tourism industry operates in the context of questions regarding the globalization of sexuality, sexual citizenship and place-marketing of (homo)sexualised cities. The text includes an extensive bibliography plus several photographs, charts, and figures to
clearly present concepts and ideas.

Topics in Gay Tourism: Culture and Context include:

the history of gay travel and tourism

the effect of HIV/AIDS on gay tourist destinations

gay travel writing sustaining same-sex fantasies about popular gay tourist destinations

analysis of the socio-political ramifications of gay tourism

the sexual politics of a heterosexual nation

gay tourists as an "invading force" of corruption

the economic rationale for the (homo)sexualized city

the concept of "gay villages"

the role of special events and festivals in gay tourism

and many more!

Gay Tourism: Culture and Context is enlightening reading for tourism policymakers, tourism planners, tourism managers, and teachers and students in the fields of tourism studies, gay studies, social and cultural geography, and sociology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 152 x 212 x 26.16mm | 658g
  • Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0789016028
  • 9780789016027

Table of contents

Foreword (Mike Crang)



Chapter 1. Mapping the Terrain of Gay Tourism


Gay Tourism in the Age of Mobility

Establishing Our Theoretical Framework

Approaching the Topic Becoming Personal

The Structure of the Book

Chapter 2. Charting the Emergence of Gay Tourism


Scripting and Circulating Ideas About Homosexual Destinations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

The Emergence of City and Resort Destinations, 1920-1969

Out and About: Bringing Gay Tourism Out of the Closet, 1969 to Present


Chapter 3. Selling Gay Paradise: Spatial and Social Discourse of Gay Tourism Travelogues

Travel, Texts, and Representations of Gay Paradise

Clarification on Method

Mapping Gay Destinations and Scripting Sexuality

Paradise of Australia: Imagining Australia As "Macho-opolis"

Paradise of the Russian Federation and Central Europe: Imagining Russia and Central Europe As "Twink-opolis"

Paradise of Hawai'i: Imagining Hawai'i As a Place of "True" Romantic Homosexual Love

Paradise of Gay Myknonos: Imagining Myknonos As "Euro-Gay Cluboplois"

Gay Sexual Utopias and Cultures of Gay Travel

Chapter 4. Touring the Heterosexual Nation

Introducing Gay Tourism and "National Closets": Nationalism, Citizenship, and Sexuality

Nations and Nationalism: Performing an Imagined Heteronormative Community

Marketing Nations As Gay-Friendly Tourism Destinations: Reestablishing or Challenging the Imagined Heterosexual Family Nation?

Arabian State Encounters with Gay Tourism

Caribbean Encounters with Gay Tourism

Gay Tourism and Closeting of the Nation

Chapter 5. Touring the Sexualized City

Selling, Mapping, and Touring the City As "Gay Villages"

Selling "Gay-Friendly" Cities Through Inventing Bounded "Gay Villages"

Selling Sexualized City Spaces: "Gay Villages" As Spaces of Constructed Visibility

Nongay Narratives of Resistance to Pitching, Bounding, and Mapping City Spaces As "Gay"

Cities Through the Body: (Re)Sexualizing the Body Through Gay City Spaces

Queer Narrative of Resistance to Bounding Gay City Space: Marking Out the Gay Unwanted

Selling Gay to Nongay Tourists: The Straight Eye for Bent Attractions

Implications of Nongay Tourists in the Gay Village


Chapter 6. Special Events and Festivals

Celebration! Come On, Let's Celebrate

Sexuality and the City Relax, When You Want to Come: Gay Place Making Through Event Tourism

Where's the Party? Spin Me Right Round, Round, Round

Why Party? Make Me Feel Mighty Real: The Significance of Special Events for Gay Tourism and Gay Cultures

Embodying Pride Through Marching I Am What I Am

Playing the Field What's the Name of the Game?

A Gay Day Out Just a Perfect Day

Dancing the Circuit Get Into the Groove

Conclusion Everybody Needs Time to Celebrate

Chapter 7. Conclusions

Gay Tourism and the Constitution of "Modern" Gay Identities

Evolutionary Narratives of Gay Tourism

Internationalization of Gay Identities

Intersections with Social Difference

Gay Tourist Destinations Through the Body

Return to Oz





Reference Notes Included
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