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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It wasn’t as good as I’d expected. I thought MacCannell was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization. Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with. Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. 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. Alisha rated it really liked it Aug 14, Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: The author takes the tourist as a model of modern man.

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

Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 2. Karl Georg rated it toirist liked it Sep 01, Fake authenticity has become the norm.

I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited to read this book at first. Tourists are somebody you can look down on, from the height of your greater awareness, cultural sensitivity, or superior poverty.


Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Anthropologists too are just tourists with a more professional attitude, intent on telling others what they have found in their in-depth investigations and placing it in an academic framework. The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers 8. Nisette rated it liked it May 03, Mainly, MacCannell attempts to discuss tourism without taking ethnicity, race, and class into consideration.

Long regarded as a classic, “The Tourist” is an examination of the phenomenon of tourism through a social theory lens that encompasses discussions of authenticity, high and low culture, and the construction of social reality. Joe Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 20, Brian rated it liked it May 21, Can we call this a classic now? It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America.

Feb 23, Tomo rated it really liked it. Lena Kulik rated it liked it Feb 23, Anna Kramer rated it did not like it Sep 15, 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”.

Paperbackpages. Nov 06, Maccnanell Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant. Refresh and try again.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. This was looking at tourism through a Marxist window.

Almost always, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”. Oh well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular.


Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for. Disciplines Sociology Popular Culture. Tereza Kohutova rated it it was amazing Jun 12, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Lists with This Book. 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”.

Review of MacCannell’s – The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Tourist satisfaction may be directly correlated to how “authentic” the experience seems to the visitors. I was expecting more of a break-down why people visit tourist destinations. The pages are crammed with insights, analysis, good examples and interesting observations. While this is an interesting idea, we all probably realize that this is a necessary eean of the analysis.

I think it is a great starting point for readers to begin with before you move into more contemporary analyses. Published March 29th by University of California Press first published This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R.

We, the seekers, pilgrims, or, if you like, the tourists, try to get close to the roots of our civilization, to our own origins, by visiting and looking at packaged versions of the past. Mikeh rated it it was amazing Feb 05,