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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An interesting book and, what I though was, and easy fun read. Brian rated it liked it May 21, If you want to get to the bottom of this whole topicwith all the various ramificationsthen you must read MacCannell’s book, an essay in the Tourisr, somewhat arcane field of the Anthropology of Tourism. The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers 8.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 26, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. I understand it is a classic and one of the maccanneol great books to look to for tourism and travel studies, but it just didn’t do it for me. If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oh well, this was written in the 70s, before poststructuralism became really popular.


Kathleen rated it it was amazing May 20, It wasn’t as good as I’d expected. A Semiotic of Attraction 7.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

If you are starting out in the field or are just interested in thinking about tourism in modern life, this is your book. Anthropologists too are just tourists with a more professional attitude, dsan on telling others what they have found in their in-depth investigations and placing it in an academic framework.

May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: Mikeh rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Mainly, MacCannell attempts to discuss tourism without taking ethnicity, race, and class into consideration. It’s a classic in tourism studies so it’s still worth reading but I was kind of annoyed with his structuralist bent throughout the book.

I think it is a great starting point for readers to begin with before you move into more contemporary analyses. The pre-modern world has not disappeared, it has been turned into zillions of tourist attractions.

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Simo rated it liked it Mar 30, 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.

Books by Dean MacCannell. Nov 06, Michelle Boyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 26, Angela Randall marked it as to-read Shelves: Dan ask other readers questions about Touristplease sign up. In The Tourist —now with a new introduction framing it as part of a broader contemporary social and maccannel, analysis—the author examines notions of authenticity, high and low culture, and the construction of social reality around tourism.


Fake authenticity has become the norm.

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.

I thought MacCannell was able to use plain language to illustrate the complexities of the world’s contradictory economic models pre-globalization.

The author takes the tourist as a model of modern man. 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. One of macvannell best pieces of academic writing that I’ve ever read.

Almost tkurist, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”. There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars.

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