The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary by Professor John Urry

By Professor John Urry

Tourism is either an incredible section of sleek lifestyles and a hugely profitable for lots of international locations, but its significance has been quite often unrecognized within the educational enviornment. within the vacationer Gaze John Urry examines the concept that of tourism from a sociological point of view, demonstrating that tourism is a special and critical point in modern society. together with his fundamental specialize in the altering nature of tourism, Urry unearths its connection to the wider cultural adjustments of postmodernism. The vacationer Gaze is vital studying not just for students and researchers in sociology, yet to all these attracted to the social, cultural, and geographical research of up to date society. "It is a readable and stimulating account of many points of the sociology of up to date tourism. . . .shows very huge examining and a great deal of severe mirrored image on own adventure. . . .covers a large variety of subject matters, with attention-grabbing anecdotes and examples. . . .For anyone academically or professionally in tourism (and certainly in modern society), this publication is easily worthy interpreting. it may offer you plenty of principles, problem numerous of your preconceptions and support continue you brand new with highbrow fashions." --Environment and making plans B: making plans and layout "Provocative . . . . complete . . . . stylish . . . . In studying throughout the author's research of those tourisms and the that has emerged to serve them, one has the sensation of being pointed out so far on the entire most recent advancements. . . . Readers should still locate whatever of worth during this forward-looking book." --Tourism administration "... a really brilliant and down-to-earth research of social restructuring. . . .Most evidently it's a necessary assessment for college students of tourism and activity even if sociologists, geographers or on expert courses." --Area "This broad-ranging and available ebook might be crucial examining not just to students and researchers within the sociology of rest and intake yet to all these attracted to the social, cultural and geographical research of latest society." --Espaces & Societes "Applause is because of John Urry. He has taken tourism heavily. And he has written a booklet that might support consultant a brand new new release of enquiry at the subject. the writer offers what, for geographers surprising with fresh sociological writings, is an illuminating and stimulating amalgam of ideas drawn from the traditions of semiotics, political financial system and research of deviance. . . .useful. . . .interesting commentaries. . . .important. . . .provocative. . . .exciting. . . .insightful." --Progress in Human Geography

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Likewise Thomas Baxter, chairman of the Morecambe Board of Health in 1889, observed that: 'there was no doubt that Blackpool had always had the pull all over Lancashire' (Observer, 11 October 1889).  Yorkshiremen, Yorkshire lads, and Yorkshire lasses have selected to colonise and to popularise this breezy, rainy, wind­swept, and health­giving watering­place. (quoted in Grass, 1972: 10) While in the inter­war period a Lord Mayor of Bradford proclaimed that: 'most of the citizens of Bradford, to say nothing of the children, have enjoyed spending some of their leisure time in this wonderful health resort' (Visitor, July 1935, Diamond Jubilee Souvenir).

The spending of a week or fortnight's holiday by the seaside in Britain is now viewed as a less attractive and significant touristic experience than in the decades around the Second World War.  4).  Even where people stayed in apartments this generally involved the provision of set meals for a week.  If people were staying in a holiday camp then much else was organised and indeed 'from one camp to the next the mix was identical — the same pattern of entertainment, the same diet, the same type of accommodation, the same weekly routine' (Ward and Hardy, 1986: 161).

Seaside holidays were still the predominant form of holiday in Britain up to the Second World War and had expanded faster than other type of holiday in the inter­war period (see Walvin, 1978:116–18).  Such resorts had unusual demographic characteristics, with much higher proportions than the national average of personal service workers of men and especially of women; and an increasing proportion of retired people.  So by this time there had grown up an industry which had become particularly 'geared to dealing with people en masse and had become highly efficient and organized at attracting and coping with armies of working people from the cities' (Walvin, 1978: 107).

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