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 maccanell is an interesting idea, we all probably realize that this is a necessary part of the analysis. Ashley rated it it was amazing Jul 22, MacCannell discusses such serious topics as “commodity and symbol”, “cultural productions and work groups” and how these relate to work. Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 2.

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Oh well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular. Tourist satisfaction may be directly correlated to how “authentic” the experience seems to the visitors. One of the best pieces of academic writing that I’ve ever read. While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now?


In the old days, the term “pilgrim” described not only “Travellers seek authentic Hungarian peasant’s dinner” All around the world, especially in those domains inhabited by readers of Lonely Planet publications, a fine or sometimes not so fine distinction is drawn between “tourists” and “travellers”.

This book is somewhat dated, but is a good start if you’re interesting in learning about the tourism industry and travel narratives.

Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. Unfortunately, you can’t really share toufist dinner if you are travelling with forty other pilgrims in search of authenticity on a large bus.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Preview — Tourist by Dean MacCannell. Maccannlel of Alienated Leisure 4. Published March 29th by University of California Press first published I thought MacCannell was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization.

There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars. In this classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, author Dean MacCannell brings social scientific understandings to bear on tourism in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel. An interesting book and, what I though was, and easy fun read.

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.


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. If you want to get to the bottom of this whole topicwith all the various ramificationsthen you must read MacCannell’s book, an essay in the OK, somewhat arcane field of the Anthropology of Tourism. Brian rated it liked it May 21, Paperbackpages.

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Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean MacCannell

Want to Read saving…. Karl Georg rated it really liked it Sep 01, In the old days, the term “pilgrim” described not only people who went to places like Mecca, Jerusalem or Rome, but also those on the “road of life”. But advertising, as always, can work wonders!

Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant. You will not find less than an authentic gem. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R.

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