Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play

Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play

Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play

Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play

Synopsis

Many places around the world are being produced, converted, interpreted and made fit for tourist consumption. This fascinating book analyzes tourist performances such as walking, shopping, sunbathing, photographing, eating and clubbing, and studies why, and indeed how, some places become global centres whilst others don't. Arranged in four distinct parts, it considers: * Performing Paradise * Performances of Global Heritage * Remaking Playful Places * New Playful Places Incorporating a wide array of empirical research and innovative international case studies, it illuminates this phenomenon: from Eco-tourism on the beach to shopping in Hong Kong, from the making of 'Cool Reykjavik' to tourism in high-rise suburbs in Paris, and from Inca heritage to medical tourism. Edited by two world authorities in tourism studies, this revealing book deploys a range of theories related to the 'mobility turn' in the social sciences in order to analyze the contingent and networked nature of how places are stabilized as fit for playful performances. Well-written and researched, with coherent analysis and presentation, this book will appeal to academics, students and those interested in the complex character of global change.

Excerpt

All contributors to this book are currently, or have recently been, post-graduate students, staff, or visitors working at Lancaster University. From this small node in the North West of England many of us have been more and more fascinated by extraordinary changes taking 'place' across the globe. We have tried to capture some of these transformations in this book, especially relating to the production and consumption of various places to play, places that are contingently in play through various tourism mobilities.

In developing this collective book the editors are immensely grateful to its contributors, who have made its performance extremely pleasant - even playful. We are also grateful to other colleagues at Lancaster who have made contributions to this book: Sara Ahmed, Anne-Marie Fortier, Sarah Franklin, Bob Jessop, John Law, Nayanika Mukherjee, Celia Roberts, Jackie Stacey, Bron Szerszynski, Divya Tolia-Kelly. Very many thanks also to Joann Bowker and Pennie Drinkall as administrators of the Centre for Mobilities Research, recently established at Lancaster.

Lancaster,
January 2004

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