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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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Karl Georg rated it really liked it Sep 01, But advertising, as always, can work wonders! It is dated, but it is kind of a classic. Lippard and a new afterword by the author.

It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America. I thought Toutist was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization. One of the best pieces of academic writing that I’ve ever read.

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That said I did find the author’s perspective on the Marx’s tradition illuminating and for that, I would recommend spending some time with the first few chapters. That’s why having the authentic Hungarian peasant’s dinner is important. It’s a classic in tourism studies so it’s still worth reading but I was kind of annoyed with his structuralist bent throughout the book. I think it is a great starting point for readers to begin amccannell before you move into more contemporary analyses.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It wasn’t as good as I’d expected. 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”.

Preview — Tourist by Dean MacCannell. 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”.

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

Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. Origins of Alienated Leisure”, “Staged Edan, “A Semiotic of Attraction”, “The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers”, and “Structure, Genuine and Spurious”, the 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.


While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now? Kathleen rated it it was amazing May 20, Paperbackpages. Books by Dean MacCannell. Modernity and the Production of Touristic Mwccannell 2. Victoria rated it did not like it Jan 18, Found this book on a list of Nine subversive travel books.

May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: Books Digital Products Journals. This book is somewhat dated, but is a good start if you’re interesting in learning about the tourism industry and travel narratives. Can we call this a classic now? Origins of Rourist Leisure 4. Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for.