The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class First Edition, With a New Introduction

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ISBN-13: 978-0520280007
ISBN-10: 0520280008
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Editorial Reviews


"The Tourist is one of those books that can be best enjoyed for its heuristic value, for the questions it raises as much as for the answers it offers."
, New York Times

"MacCannell attempts to create something Levi-Strauss said is impossible: an ethnography of modernity, a detailed anthropological analysis of modern culture. . . . By following the tourist, he believes, we may arrive at a better understanding of ourselves."
, Washington Post

"In the demythologizing tradition of Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, MacCannell presents the first full-scale sociological examination of modern tourism and sightseeing."
, Publishers Weekly

"More than a perceptive, entertaining discussion of tourists and tourism, The Tourist is also a skillful blend of structuralist thought. . . . Both MacCannell’s literary style and theoretical sophistication are genuine contributions to sociological scholarship."
, Contemporary Sociology

"Provides a compelling analysis of leisure in contemporary society and the changed nature of the human condition amidst modernity."
, Annals of Leisure Research

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"Nothing short of brilliant."—Lewis Coser

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0520280008
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0520280007
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : University of California Press; First Edition, With a New Introduction (August 31, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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J. Goddard
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for anyone interested in tourism
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 4, 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tourist by Dean MacCannel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grundlegende Einführung in die Theorie des Tourismus
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