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 is dated, but it is kind of a classic. Refresh and try again.

I would also like to read how the author interprets travel today, as deqn has changed quite a bit since and even when the epilogue was written. If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. A Semiotic of Attraction 7. Alisha rated it really liked it Aug 14, 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.

Maccanell authenticity has become the norm. Nov 23, Krista rated it it was ok.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

It was one of the early works that discussed tourism as an actual theory to understand America. It is not a bedtime reading book, but will stimulate plenty of thought.

Kathleen rated it it was amazing May 20, Karl Georg rated it really liked it Sep 01, Where pre-modern societies still exist to oturist extent, for example, among the hill tribes of Thailand, tourists make great efforts to visit them and, significantly, try their utmost to ensure that their visits are not “packaged” but “real”.


I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited to read this book at first. So for this reason alone, I knocked it down a star. BA Pudliner rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Anna Kramer rated it did not like it Sep 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Want to Read saving…. Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. Dec 26, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. 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 forever afterwards.

Almost always, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”. Books by Toufist MacCannell.

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

Return to Book Page. Brian rated it liked it May 21, Joe Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 20, Claire Aubrey rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant.

Mikeh rated it it was amazing Feb 05, 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”.

Class alone helps determine who can be a tourist to begin with. 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, during which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel.


Open Preview See a Problem? This edition includes a new foreword thf Lucy R. The author takes the tourist as a model of modern touris. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Victoria rated it did not like it Jan 18, Macdannell 18, molly rated it liked it. 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. This was looking at tourism through a Marxist window. I really loved this book and especially MacCannells writing.

It brings the concerns of social science to an analysis of travel and sightseeing in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class acquired l 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. To ask other readers questions about Touristplease sign up.

Tourists are somebody you can look down on, from the height of your greater awareness, cultural sensitivity, or superior poverty.