Tourism and the Power of Otherness Seductions of Difference

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-20
  • Publisher: Channel View Publications
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This book explores the paradoxes of Self–Other relations in the field of tourism. It particularly focuses on the 'power' of different forms of 'Otherness' to seduce and to disrupt, and, eventually, also to renew the social and cosmological orders of 'modern' culture and everyday life. Drawing on a series of ethnographic case studies, the contributors investigate the production, socialisation and symbolic encompassment of different 'Others' as a political and also an economic resource to govern social life in the present. The volume provides a comparative inductive study on the modernist philosophical concepts of time, 'Otherness', and the self in practice, and relates it to contemporary tourism and mobility.

Author Biography

David Picard is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. His research interests include the anthropology of tourism and hospitality as well as land and resource tenure. Recent publications include Tourism, Magic and Modernity (2011).Michael A. Di Giovine is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research focuses on the anthropology of tourism and hospitality, mobilities, heritage studies, and religious tourism and pilgrimage. He is the author of The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism (2009).

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. David Picard and Michael A. Di Giovine: Through Other Worlds
Part 1: Travels into a Past Golden Age
2. Camila del Mármol: Through Other Times: The Politics of Heritage and the Past in the Catalan Pyrenees
3. Paula Mota Santos: Calling Upon the Lost Empire: The Evocative Power of Miniatures in a Portuguese Nationalist Theme Park
4. Mathilde Verschaeve and Hannah C. Wadle: Tourism and Postsocialist Heterotopias: Eastern Europe as an Imagined Rural Past
Part 2: Tourism and Others in Dialogue
5. Pamila Gupta: Frozen Vodka and White Skin in Touristic Goa
6. Noel B. Salazar: Seducation: Learning the Trade of Tourist Enticement
7. Clare A. Sammells: Bargaining under Thatch Roofs: Tourism and the Allure of Poverty in Highland Bolivia
Part 3: Travel, Other and Self-Revelation
8. Sanne Scheltena: Mediterranean Fields of Love: Embodied Encounters between Male Tourism Workers and Female Tourists in a Coastal Town in Turkey
9. Marcela Knapp and Frauke Wiegand: Wild Inside: Uncanny Encounters in European Traveller Fantasies of Africa
10. Christian Ghasarian: Journeys to the Inner Self: Neo-Shamanism and the Search for Authenticity in Contemporary New Age Travel Practice

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