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An Introduction

First Edition

April 2003 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Argued with a real verve, it makes a plea to rethink the role of tourism in modernity seeing it not as a fleeting and marginal element, but as something enduring, emblematic and constitutive of contemporary society. Tourism is seen as a key element of modern life, not an escape from it' - Mike Crang, Department of Geography, University of Durham

Tourism is a rapidly growing area of student enrolment. Lecturers and students who have waited patiently for an up-to-date, lucid and indispensable teaching and research text, need wait no more. This book is a matchless guide to understanding the theory, practice, development and effects of tourism.

Tourism: An Introduction:

- equips students with a critical perspective of the central processes of tourism and the relationship between tourism and culture

- places tourism at the heart of modern life rather than as a peripheral feature added on after work

- illuminates the relationship between tourism and nation formation, citizenship, consumerism and globalization

- reveals the ritual, performative and embodied dimensions of tourist experience

This book offers readers a major synthesis of modern thought on tourism. It breaks the mould of approaching tourism as a self-contained, compartment of contemporary life and treats it as a major and exciting cultural phenomenon. This is a landmark work in the study of tourism.

Adrian Franklin is the editor of the acclaimed journal Tourist Studies (SAGE Publications).

What Is Tourism?
The Foundations and Traces of Modern Tourism
Elaborations of Tourism
Tourist Objects, Tourist Rituals
Objects and Rituals of Seaside
Objects and Rituals of Heritage
Tourisms of Body and Nature
Sex and Tourism
A World of Tourism


Not really helpful for the course

Dr Emeka Okonkwo
Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria
February 16, 2014

Good reading as an introduction to Travel and Tourism for learners to gain a better understanding of the concept of tourism.

Mrs Alicia Hawkes
Education, Totton College
October 16, 2013

Core text on our Tourism Programme.

Mr Timothy Brown
Business School, Chester University
September 13, 2013

This book provides a really good introduction to tourism for students at Level 3.

Miss Rebecca Easterby
Sport, travel, education & public services , Ystrad Mynach College
January 3, 2013

A very useful book for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and scholars with a serious interest in understanding tourism phenomena. The author provides many examples from accros the globe. It is certainly not an easy read for undergraduate students for whom English is not their mother tongue. However, this excellent book should be of paticular interest to those in the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and social psychology. A MUST read!

Dr Xavier Matteucci
Tourism and Hospitality Management, MODUL University Vienna
October 8, 2012

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