In this classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, author Dean MacCannell brings social scientific understandings to bear on tourism in the postindustrial age, during which the middle class has acquired leisure time for international travel. In The Tourist - now with a new introduction framing it as part of a broader contemporary social and cultural analysis - the author examines notions of authenticity, high and low culture, and the construction of social reality around tourism.
Foreword by Lucy Lippard The Tourist in 2013 Introduction to the 1989 Edition Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Modernity and the Production of Touristic Experiences 2. Sightseeing and Social Structure 3. The Paris Case: Origins of Alienated Leisure 4. The Other Attractions 5. Staged Authenticity 6. A Semiotic of Attraction 7. The Ethnomethodology of Sightseers 8. Structure, Genuine and Spurious 9. On Theory, Methods, and Application Epilogue Notes Index