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Mapping Tourism

2003

Stephen P. Hanna and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., editors

Mapping Tourism

Looks at tourism maps to offer new insights into the social construction of place

As the essays in Mapping Tourism clearly demonstrate, the extraordinary interactions of work with leisure and the everyday with the exotic make tourism maps ideal sites for exploring the contested construction of place and identity.

Contributors: Mary Curran, Dydia DeLyser, Owen J. Dwyer, John R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold, Rob Shields, Karen E. Till.

The contributors to Mapping Tourism offer well-crafted examples of how best to explore tourism as process while never forgetting its complexity. This is a very strong collection and it deserves notice by scholars of tourism.

Anthropological Theory

At first glance, the relationships among tourists, tourism maps, and the spaces of tourism seem straightforward enough: tourists use maps to find their way to and through the sites of history, culture, nature, or recreation represented there. Less apparent is how tourism maps and those using them construct such spaces and identities. As the essays in Mapping Tourism clearly demonstrate, the extraordinary interactions of work with leisure and the everyday with the exotic make tourism maps ideal sites for exploring the contested construction of place and identity.

Construction sites in the “New Berlin,” Alabama’s civil rights trail, Québec City, a California ghost town, and Bangkok’s sex trade are among the spaces the essays examine. Taken together, these essays allow us to see tourist space as it truly is: contested, ever changing, and replete with issues of power.

Contributors: Mary Curran, Eastern Connecticut State U; Dydia DeLyser, Louisiana State U; Owen J. Dwyer, Indiana U; John R. Gold, Oxford Brookes U; Margaret M. Gold, U of North London; Rob Shields; Karen E. Till, U of Minnesota.

Mapping Tourism

Stephen P. Hanna is assistant professor of geography at Mary Washington College.

Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. is assistant professor in geography and the liberal studies program at California State University, Long Beach.

Mapping Tourism

The contributors to Mapping Tourism offer well-crafted examples of how best to explore tourism as process while never forgetting its complexity. This is a very strong collection and it deserves notice by scholars of tourism.

Anthropological Theory

A splendid addition to theorizing the spaces of tourism in which the editors have successfully secured key themes and critiques by the wisely chosen and interrelated case studies. Highly readable, Mapping Tourism is more widely relevant to theorizing the representation and performance of space.

Journal of Historical Geography

All of the chapters are well researched, coherently written and very interesting to read. . . .This insightful and challenging form of research continues as an essential counterpoint to the propagandistic and expolitative tripe that is coming out of so many tourism authorities.

Progress in Human Geography

All in all, readers from various disciplines will find Mapping Tourism a useful methodological guide for a fresh approach to maps and tourist brochures. The book presents critical and insightful analyses of these powerful representations of place.

Alexandra Gander, Reconstruction

Mapping Tourism

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Tourism Spaces, Mapped Representations, and the Practices of Identity Stephen P. Hanna and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.

1. Political Tourism: Mapping Memory and the Future at Québec City Rob Shields
2. Memory on the Margins: Alabama’s Civil Rights Journey as a Memorial Text Owen J. Dwyer
3. Construction Sites and Showcases: Mapping “The New Berlin” through Tourism Practices 51 Karen E. Till
4. “A Walk through Old Bodie”: Presenting a Ghost Town in a Tourism Map Dydia DeLyser
5. Representing Culloden: Social Memory, Battlefi eld Heritage, and Landscapes of Regret John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold
6. Dialogues of Difference: Contested Mappings of Tourism and Environmental Protection in Butte, Montana Mary Curran
7. Mapping Identities, Reading Maps: The Politics of Representation in Bangkok’s Sex Tourism Industry Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. and Stephen P. Hanna

Bibliography
Contributors

Index