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Book: “Culture and society in tourism contexts”

Culture and society in tourism contexts

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

Book reviews

  • 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”.

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2 diciembre 2012 Comments off

Artículo: “El cronotopo del turismo: espacios y ritmos”

El investigador Dr. Antonio Miguel Nogués ha publicado en el monográfico Antropología, Globalización y Prácticas Etnográficas de la Revista de Antropología Social, 21: 147-171, editada por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, el artículo El cronotopo del turismo: espacios y ritmos..

De acuerdo con las previsiones de la Organización Mundial del Turismo – OMT en 2012 sobrepasaremos la cifra de mil millones de llegadas de turistas. Este complejo conjunto que por abreviar denominamos ‘turismo’ es una forma distintiva de utilizar el espacio (el territorio, el paisaje) y el tiempo (el ritmo, el suceder). Es también un agente globalizador de primer orden porque coadyuva a que la ‘globalización’ se extienda allí donde las nuevas tecnologías de la comunicación no alcanzan todavía. El concepto de ‘cronotopo’ de Bajtín nos sirve para caracterizar la manera en la que en contextos turísticos se combinan los elementos donde se concretan el espacio y el tiempo. Todo nos lleva a pensar que el Turismo es la creación más perfecta y sofi sticada del Capitalismo, por cuanto no sólo consume lugares y territorios, esculpe paisajes o perpetúa relaciones de dependencia sino que, produce sentidos y signifi cados, y convierte al lugar a través del espacio turístico actualizando los espacios y los ritmos de acuerdo con los principios defi nidos por el Mercado Global. En función de lo anterior se hacen consideraciones sobre la distintividad del quehacer etnográfi co en entornos turísticos.

21 noviembre 2012 Comments off