Landscape, Tourism, and Meaning

Landscape, Tourism, and Meaning

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How do we re-theorize tourism? By drawing less on the Foucauldian notion of 'tourism as gazing' and instead focusing on the social construction of meaning in the landscape, this insightful book provides an innovative and compelling new approach to tourist studies. Arguing that in any view of the landscape and in tourism generally there is a multiplicity of insider and outsider meanings, the book grounds tourism studies within the framework of social theory, and particularly in the social theoretic approaches to landscape. Bringing together specialists in tourism and landscape studies to discuss the relationships between the two, it finds that issues of identity are a common thread and are raised with regard to the social construction of landscape and its portrayal through tourism. The international studies range in scale from regional to national, personal to political, and from local residents to international tourists, highlighting the multiplicity of interpretations and meanings between these scales.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 454g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Aldershot, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0754649431
  • 9780754649434
  • 2,398,234

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Landscape, tourism, and meaning, Daniel C. Knudsen, Anne K. Soper and Michelle M. Metro-Roland; Landscape perspective for tourism studies, Charles Greer, Shanon Donnelly and Jillian M. Rickly; Identity and landscape: the reification of place in Strasbourg, France, Sean Huff; Landscape change and regional identity in the Copper Canyon region, Yamir GonzA!lez-VA(c)lez; Mauritian landscapes of culture, identity, and tourism, Anne K. Soper; Slicing the dobish torte: the 3 layers of tourism in Munich, Richard Wolfel; A nostalgia for terror, Michelle M. Metro-Roland; The parallax of landscape: situating Celaque national park, Honduras, Benjamin F. Timms; Insiders and outsiders in Thy, Daniel C. Knudsen; Tourism as a reconnection to the Neolithic past: the Tamgaly rock paintings of Kazakhstan, Altynai Yespembetova, Jillian M. Rickly and Lisa C. Braverman; Landscape, tourism and meaning: a conclusion, Daniel C. Knudsen, Michelle M. Metro-Roland and Anne K. Soper; Bibliography; Index.
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'By reconceptualizing landscape in terms of place and meaning, this volume helps create a foundation for a new paradigm in tourist research, to replace that once provided by John Urry's The Tourist Gaze (1990), with its foundation in an idea of landscape as scenery.' Kenneth R. Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden
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About Michelle M. Metro-roland

Daniel C. Knudsen is Professor of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Michelle M. Metro-Roland is a PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Anne K. Soper is assistant Professor of Tourism and Events Management, George Mason University Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Charles E. Greer is associate Professor (Emeritus) of Geography and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
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