An Introduction to Tourism and Anthropology by Peter Burns

By Peter Burns

This introductory textual content explains how anthropology is critical to the learn of tourism dynamics. beginning with an outline of the improvement of anthropology as a social technology, the writer makes use of a wealth of overseas examples, together with the united kingdom, united states and Australia, to convey useful relevance to complicated theories. With its lucid writing variety, summaries, pattern questions and proposals for additional studying, this publication may be a useful instructing source during this sector.

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This has not always proved successful as such motives can be too complex to explore without deep level one-to-one discussions. ). 36 ANTHROPOLOGY, TOURISM AND TOURISTS Overview, aims and learning outcomes The purpose of this chapter is to examine the ways in which tourists have been defined, described and classified. Without stepping into the domains of psychology or marketing, which are the subject of other books and other authors (cf. Pearce, 1982; Seaton and Bennett, 1996), the ways in which motivation has been ascribed to tourists by anthropologists and other academics is discussed.

What these views do is to deny the diversity of tourism. This TOURISM 31 extract from Turner also alerts us to a serious problem in the analysis of tourism by social scientists. Much of their work seems to be bounded by culture and class boundaries. It is useful to ask whether there is a sort ofsnobbery about what they write concerning ‘mass’ tourism and their social construct or assumption that it is somehow wrong and not even liked by consumers. 5 A sense of this comes across in the work of Jacqueline Waldren, an Oxford anthropologist, who has lived in a Mallorcan village for a number of years.

While on the other hand, some assert that the role of applied anthropology11 languished. For example, Howard observed that many of its formative theories were found to be wanting, and that: The destruction of the colonial order following World War II left anthropology, particularly applied anthropologists, open to attack. In many parts of the world, nationalist leaders who had replaced colonial administrators identified anthropologists with the former colonial regimes, viewing anthropologists as agents of colonial repression.

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