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The Tourist

A New Theory of the Leisure Class, With a New Introduction

Dean MacCannell (Author)

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Paperback, 280 pages
ISBN: 9780520280007
August 2013
$29.95, £22.95
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.

In The Tourist—now with a new introduction framing it as 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.
Foreword by Lucy Lippard
The Tourist in 2013
Introduction to the 1989 Edition


1. Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences
2. Sightseeing and Social Structure
3. The Paris Case: Origins of Alienated Leisure
4. The Other Attractions
5. Staged Authenticity
6. A Semiotic of Attraction
7. The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers
8. Structure, Genuine and Spurious
9. On Theory, Methods, and Application

Dean MacCannell is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis, and the author of Empty Meeting Grounds (1992) and The Time of the Sign (1982).
"Nothing short of brilliant."—Lewis Coser

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