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 was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America. The pre-modern world has not disappeared, it has been turned into zillions of tourist attractions. May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: I understand maccajnell is a classic and one of the few great books to look to for tourism and travel studies, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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. It brings the concerns of social science to an analysis of travel and sightseeing in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class acquired leisure time for international travel.

Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant. There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign dran.

Oh well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular. I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited to read this book at first.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

Lippard and a new afterword by the author. Disciplines Sociology Popular Culture. Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: Preview — Tourist by Dean MacCannell.


In The Tourist —now with a new introduction framing it touris part of a broader contemporary social and cultural analysis—the author examines notions of authenticity, high and low culture, and the construction of social reality around tourism.

Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with.

Brian rated it liked it May 21, Origins of Alienated Leisure”, “Staged Authenticity”, “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 yhe afterwards.

It wasn’t as good as I’d expected. Joe Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 20, I thought MacCannell was able to maccannelll plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization.

Fake authenticity has become the norm. Hiromi Saito rated it really liked it Mar 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It is dated, but it is kind of a classic. Lena Kulik rated it liked it Feb 23, No trivia or quizzes yet. It seems to me that all travellers are tourists and vice-versa.

Unfortunately, you can’t really share that dinner if you are travelling with forty other pilgrims in search of authenticity on a large bus. While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now? However, it just dragged on, and it was so out of date I found it hard to take it forward it a lot of ways.

This book is somewhat dated, but is a good start if you’re interesting in learning about the tourism industry and travel narratives.

The Tourist by Dean MacCannell – Paperback – University of California Press

Feb 23, Tomo rated it really liked it. Claire Aubrey rated it it was amazing Dec 30, The tourist wants to penetrate and share the lives of “others”, others who are so distinct from ourselves. The pages are crammed with insights, analysis, good examples and interesting observations. About the Book In this classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, author Dean MacCannell brings social scientific understandings to bear on tourism in the postindustrial age, maxcannell which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel.


So for this reason alone, I knocked it down a star. Although the appropriation and remixing of the “authentic” has turned out to be even more complex and inventive and enriching than anyone could have predicted when The Tourist was originally published, the fact is that it continues and remains one of the most powerful engines of the global economy. Open Preview See a Problem? Hhe interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for.

Jeffrey rated it liked it Mar 14, Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 2. Tourist satisfaction may be directly correlated to how “authentic” the experience seems to the visitors. Ashley rated it it was amazing Jul 22, I was very excited to read this book at first.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the old tourizt, 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”.