The Head of Culturdes, Dr. Antonio Miguel Nogués Pedregal, has edited the volume Culture and society in tourism contexts in the Tourism Social Science Series (vol. 17) edited by Jafar Jafari and published by Emerald.
This book strives to understand the social and cultural dynamics in Mediterranean tourism destinations through ethnographic examples and case studies from places including Greece, Spain, Morocco, Croatia, Lebanon, France, and Crete. Exploring themes such as globalization, cosmopolitanism, leisure mobilities, power, and late capitalism, this volume analyzes the blurring edges of tourism and migration, the role the former plays in the dialogical construction of cultural identities, or how the interconnection between each of the diverse residing sociocultural groups influences the relation with other groups. The work of several social scientists, from different interdisciplinary backgrounds, over numerous years is documented using multiple research techniques to observe cultures and societies as they occur in daily practices. This analysis discovers how tourism characterizes the daily lives of social groups living in tourists’ destinations and how it offers a distinctive sense of collective memories, thus unfolding cultures and societies in tourism contexts.
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Introduction, by A.-M. Nogués-Pedregal
1. Instrumental Cosmopolitanism: The ‘‘Valorization’’ of Heritage and Sociality in Mediterranean Cities, by Julie Scott
2. Touring the Frontier: Reinventing the Eastern Adriatic for Tourism, by Emilio Cocco
3. When the Desirable and the Feasible Converge Through Tourism Space, by A.-M. Nogués-Pedregal
4. Negotiating Marrakech: Postcolonial Travels in Morocco, by Lauren Wagner and Claudio Minca
5. Building Tourism in Costa Blanca: Second Homes, Second Chances?, by Antonio Aledo, Jens Kr. Steen Jacobsen and Leif Selstad
6. Across Social Categories and Boundaries: Transnational Mobilities and Interculturality, by Regina Römhild
7. Borders of (In)visibility in the Greek Aegean, by Heath Cabot and Ramona Lenz
Conclusion, by A.-M. Nogués-Pedregal
- Guðrún Helgadóttir in Annals of Tourism Research (Elsevier) (Volume 45, March 2014, pages 184–185) writes: “The title and the contents are as thought-provoking as critical theory aims to be… the descriptions, analysis, and theoretical framework has global relevance for tourism studies and for the social sciences in general […] the issues are vividly laid out and analyzed […] the cases have global relevance […] This is an engaging and thought-provoking text not just for tourism scholars and practitioners but for anyone interested in contemporary culture and cultural studies”.
- Sonja Sibila Lebe in International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research (Emerald Group Publishing) (Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 118 – 120) writes: «The book contains some of the usual outputs of academic endeavour (theoretical and conceptual engagement with key themes), and contains substantive chapters based on original research over a number of years. As a multidisciplinary collection it uses a variety of disciplinary research techniques and methodological approaches and traditions, yet despite the inclusion of one historical chapter, historians may find themselves somewhat short served. By contrast, to readers interested in social sciences the many reflexive materials provided offer new and interesting insights […] Nevertheless, this book provides useful insight into a topic that is not often discussed so comprehensively.
- Nikola Naumov in International Sociology Review (Sage Publications) (Volume 29, Issue 5, September 2014, pages 462-464) writes: «Unlike many other volumes solely based on economic, social and/or environmental implications of tourism, this book adopts a new sociocultural approach that treats tourism as an ideological reflection of global and mobile dynamics, cultural identities and collective memories […] In conclusion, the book is a well-structured and organized volume and is useful reading for students, researchers and practitioners interested in social and anthropological aspects of tourism».