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Seductions of Place
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"Seductions of Place" explores questions at the crossroads of contemporary issues in travel and tourism, human geography, and the complex cultural, political, and economic activities at stake in touristed landscapes as a result of globalization. The seductiveness of touristed landscapes is simultaneously local and global, as travelled places are formed and reworked by the activities of diverse, mobile people in their desires to experience situated, sensuous qualities of difference.
The initial chapters link the existing literature on mobility and travel with current theoretical perspectives in human geography. They include a theorization of the concepts of place and landscape and the importance of tourism in the world economy to move research on tourism to a central position in geographic research. Chapter contributions include an analysis of the representational character of landscape and the built environment, historic constructions of place seduction, the importance of class, racial, and gender dimensions of place, how mobility and the seduction of place orient identity formation, the role of tourism in the world economy, local tourism economies in relation to the global economy, and the environmental impacts of tourism economies. Throughout the book, examples are given from urban and environmental touristed landscapes, from major world cities to tropical islands.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Touristed Landscapes/Seductions of Place Part 2: Interventions 2. Flirting with Space: Tourism Geographies as Sensuous/Expressive Practice 3. Tourism and the Modern Subject: Placing the Encounter between Tourist and Other 4. The Souvenir and Sacrifice in the Tourist Mode of Consumption 5. Tourism Economy: The Global Landscape Part 3: The City 6. Silicon Values: Miniaturization, Speed and Money 7. Bellagio and Beyond 8. Seducing Global Capital: Reimaging Space in Melbourne and Sydney 9. Urbanscape as Attraction: The Case of Guangzhou 10. San Francisco and the Left Coast Part 4: The Beach 11. Tourist Weddings in Hawai'i: Consuming the Destination 12. Maintaining the Myth: Tahiti and its Islands 13. Tourism Development and Seascapes of the Caribbean: Uncertain Images 14. The Contested Beach: Resistance and Resort Development in Antigua, West Indies Part 5: The Orient 15. Desiring Ashima, Sexing Landscape in China's Stone Forest 16. 'New Asia-Singapore': A Concoction of Tourism, Place and Image 17. Is the Great Wall of China the Great Wall of China? 18. Existential Tourism and the Homeland: The Overseas Chinese Experience Part 6: Conclusion 19. Centering Tourism Geography

About the Author

Carolyn Cartier is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Southern California and Alan A. Lew is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation at Northern Arizona University.

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