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Title:
Being elsewhere : tourism, consumer culture, and identity in modern Europe and North America
Author:
Baranowski, Shelley.
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
382 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Pt. 1. Tourism, bourgeois identity, and the politics of nation building. The tactics of retreat: spa vacations and bourgeois identity in nineteenth-century France / Douglas P. Mackaman ; Selling Lourdes: pilgrimage, tourism, and the mass-marketing of the sacred in nineteenth-century France / Suzanne K. Kaufman ; The chamber of commerce's carnival: city festivals and urban tourism in the United States, 1890-1915 / Catherine Cocks ; Tourism in late imperial Austria: the development of tourist cultures and their associated images of place / Jill Steward -- Pt. 2. Tourism, mass mobilization, and the nation-state. Know your country: a comparative perspective on tourism and nation building in Sweden / Orvar Löfgren ; Seeing the nature of America: the national parks as national assets, 1914-1929 / Marguerite S. Shaffer ; A "New Deal" for leisure: making mass tourism during the Great Depression / Michael Berkowitz -- Strength through joy: tourism and national integration in the Third Reich / Shelley Baranowski -- Pt. 3. Global mass tourism and the representation of place. French cultural tourism and the Vichy problem / Bertram M. Gordon ; Consuming the beach: seaside resorts and cultures of tourism in England and Spain from the 1840s to the 1930s / John K. Walton ; Culture for export: tourism and autoethnography in postwar Britain / James Buzard ; "Everybody likes Canadians": Canadians, Americans, and the post-World War II travel boom / Karen Dubinsky ; La Grande Motte: regional development, tourism, and the state / Ellen Furlough and Rosemary Wakeman.
ISBN:
9780472111671
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The first edited collection of its kind, Being Elsewhere focuses on the history of tourism in Europe and North America from the early nineteenth century. The volume brings together new scholarship that explores tourism's significance to such major historical developments as class formation, political mobilization, the tensions between nation-building and regional development, and the power of mass consumer culture.
The essays focus on the ways in which tourism and vacations have been historically constitutive of class, social status, and collective identities. Explorations into the history of tourism and vacations reveal their importance for constructing modern cultural meanings of experience, desire, visuality, mobility, and the care of the self, as well as for representing the "good life" and the benefits of consumerism. A major contribution of this book is to demonstrate tourism's importance for nation-building, whether by mobilizing mass consent through state-sponsored leisure organizations, granting paid vacations as a right of citizenship, or creating new tourist sites meant to signify the "essence" of the nation.
Providing historical context and geographical specificity to a subject that has long engaged sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and literary theorists, but rarely historians, Being Elsewhere is exactly the collection to interest historians, social scientists, and scholars of literary and cultural studies.
Shelley Baranowski is Professor of History, University of Akron. Ellen Furlough is Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky.


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In a letter to a friend in 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "We are all travelers in ... the wilderness of this world, ... and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend.... We travel, in fact, to find them." In the introduction (itself a remarkable essay on the historical evolution of tourism), the editors make a telling comparison between "travelers," who went actively in search of adventure, and "tourists," who hope that adventure (preferably in a civilized setting) will come to them. Much has been written in recent years concerning the economics, geography, sociology, and cultural conflicts of tourism; however, the historical dimension has often been lacking, and this book seeks in part to fill the gap. The 13 chapters are highly varied, extending in time from the beginnings of modern tourism in the 1800s to the late 20th century; and geographically to much of Europe (France is featured in four contributions) and also North America. Well written, well edited, and with detailed bibliographic notes, the chapters generally focus on consistent themes of nation building and national identity (e.g., Nazi Germany famously promoted tourism to make a political statement.) Accessible to a wide audience, this volume is recommended for public as well as academic libraries. J. R. McDonald emeritus, Eastern Michigan University