Sociology of Tourism|
Fall 2009 not offered
Travel has always been central to human history, but mass tourism and the leisure industry are a more recent development. Global tourism is on the rise: Tourists and tourist spaces abound, and the tourist industry has become the world's largest. The rapid growth of tourism has been a mixed bag; while it has been an economic boon and encouraged certain types of cultural preservation, it has also brought negative effects, promoting dependency, environmental degradation, and commodification of cultures. Tourism is key to the process of globalization and therefore offers a forceful entry point to exploring where globalization is taking us. This course will explore tourism not only as an important human activity and industry, but also as a means to understand of the complex relationship between globalization and culture.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
Desmond, Jane. 2000. STAGING TOURISM: BODIES ON DISPLAY FROM WAIKKI TO SEA WORLD
Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. 1998. DESTINATION CULTURE: TOURISM, MUSEUMS, AND HERITAGE.
MacCannell, D. 1999 . THE TOURIST: A NEW THEORY OF THE LEISURE CLASS.
Urry, J. 2002 . THE TOURIST GAZE: LEISURE AND TRAVEL IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES.
Supplemented by selected articles on tourism, globalization, and culture.
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Final exam, short papers, and research paper.
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