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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Mikeh rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Still interesting, but not quite what I was hoping for.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean MacCannell

In the old days, 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”.

The Other Attractions 5. May 24, Nathanial added it Shelves: An interesting book and, what I though was, and easy fun read.

The pages are crammed with insights, analysis, good examples and interesting observations. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. David Dinocola rated it really liked it Aug 27, 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. Found this book on a list of Nine subversive travel books.


I understand it 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.

Karl Georg rated it really liked it Sep 01, Fake authenticity has become the norm. I was very excited to read this book at first. You will not find less than an authentic gem. This edition includes a new foreword by Lucy R.

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

Lena Kulik rated it liked it Feb 23, This book is somewhat dated, but is a good start if you’re interesting in learning about the tourism industry toufist travel narratives. I thought MacCannell was able to use plain lan I was very excited touriet read this book at first.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It macacnnell as good as I’d expected. Lists with This Book. Reviews “Nothing short of brilliant. Claire Aubrey rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Where pre-modern societies still exist to some 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”.

Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

I really loved this book and especially MacCannells writing. Ashley rated it it was amazing Jul macacnnell, This was looking at tourism through a Marxist window. Brian rated it liked it May 21, Preview — Tourist by Dean MacCannell. If you are a tourist along the byways of Goodreads, you might consider making a stop here. Victoria rated it did not like it Jan 18, Books by Dean MacCannell. It is dated, but it is kind of a classic.


Open Preview See a Problem? Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. Jan 31, Lynn rated it it was ok Recommended to Lynn by: 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.

The pre-modern world has not disappeared, it has been maccxnnell into zillions of tourist attractions. Published March 29th by University of California Press first published There are, however, some problems that keep me from giving this five stars.

Dec 26, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Almost always, “tourists” are “them”, while “travellers” are “us”.

Structure, Genuine and Tourjst 9. 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. While this is an interesting idea, we all probably rea Can we call this a classic now?

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book is the classic work of the Anthropology of Tourism.