Contending With 50 Years of the Tourist | Dean MacCannell
My guest on this episode is Dean MacCannell, a social analyst and critic whose writings on contemporary cultural arrangements have been translated worldwide. He is best known for his path-breaking book, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class. His most recent book is 18 & Out a memoir of his childhood and youth.
In this interview we discuss Dean's pioneering book The Tourist and how it rooted the entire area of critical tourism studies. We look back into mass tourism's emergence in the 1970s and 1980s, what has changed in that time, how tourists' own homes have become destinations, the loss of human connection, hyperculture, the rise of anti-tourism social movements, how we can understand ourselves and the foreigner as radically other and how that might hold they key for interculturality in our times.
The Book that Started it all - The Tourist
The State of the University
Tourism’s Emergence in the 1970s-1980s
What’s Changed in Half a Century
Tourists’ Homes as Destinations
Seven Deadly Sins Tourism / White Lotus
The Loss of Human Connection and Presence
The Other Remains Radically Other
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