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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

Publication details

book coverColeman, S. & Crang,M. Tourism: Between Place and Performance. Oxford: Berghahn; 2002.
  • Publication type: Edited book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1571817468

Author(s) from Durham


Many accounts of tourism have adopted an almost paradigmatic visual model of the gaze. This collection presents an expanded notion of spectatorship with a more dynamic sense of embodied and performed engagement with places. The approach resonates with ideas in anthropology, sociology, and geography on performance, invented traditions, constructed places and traveling cultures. Contributions highlight the often contradictory, contested and paradoxical constructions of landscape and community involved both in tourist attractions and among tourists themselves. The collection examines many different practices, ranging from the energetic pursuit of adventure holidays to the reading of holiday brochures. It illustrates different techniques of seeing the landscape and a variety of ways of creating and performing the local. Chapters thus demonstrate the mutual entanglement of practices, images, conventions, and creativity. They chart these global flows of people, texts, images, and artefacts. Case studies are drawn from diverse types of tourism and destination focused around North America, Europe, and Australasia.



Preface Jeremy Boissevain

Chapter 1. Grounded Tourists, Travelling Theory S. Coleman and M. Crang


Chapter 2. The Accelerated Sublime: Thrill-seeking Adventure Heroes in the Commodified Landscape Claudia Bell and John Lyall
Chapter 3. Making the Scene: The Poetics and Performances of Displacement at the Grand Canyon Mark Neumann
Chapter 4. The Scottish Highlands as Spectacle Fraser MacDonald


Chapter 5. Acing Local: Two Performances in Northern Italy Paola Filippucci
Chapter 6. "Cose Paesane": Enacting Ambivalent Identities in the Italian Alps Keith Ridler
Chapter 7. Go Athens: A Journey to the Centre of the City Penny Travlou
Chapter 8. Adventure Tourists and Locals in a Global City: Resisting Tourist Performances in London's 'East End' John Eade


Chapter 9. Welcom to Flintstones-Land: Contesting Place and Identity in Goreme, Central Turkey Hazel Tucker
Chapter 10. Performing Place: A Hyperbolic Drugstore in Wall, South Dakota Eve Melzer
Chapter 11. Farming, Dreaming and Playing in Iowa: Japanese Mythopoetics and Agrarian Utopia Charles Fruehling Springwood


Chapter 12. The Power of Metaphors in Tourism Theory David Chaney
Chapter 13. Surrounded by Place: Embodied Encounters David Crouch

Department of Geography