The British on Holiday Charter Tourism, Identity and Consumption Hazel Andrews
- Paperback - 272 pages
- 03 Jun 2011
- Channel View Publications
- 210 x 148 (A5)
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This book is the only in-depth ethnographic study of British charter tourists. It is based on several months of participant observation of British charter tourists on holiday in Palmanova and Magaluf on the Mediterranean Island of Mallorca. With a focus on space, the body, and food and drink practices, the book explores the experiential nature of touristic practice which provides insight into constructions, understandings and knowledge of the self in relation to national, regional, class, and gender identities. These issues in turn highlight elements of power and control which are mainly articulated through the attempts to manipulate tourists' consumption practices by the mediators of tourists' experiences.
Andrews' book breaks new ground in critically constructive recognition and deep analysis of the experiences of charter tourists. With sound anthropological attention, habitual academic stereotypes are upturned in a consideration of individuals' feelings and thoughts alongside astute commentary on power and 'regular' life. A rare study that integrates tourism.
David Crouch, Cultural Geography, University of Derby
This book offers a fascinating analysis of the practices of certain forms of tourist behaviour at a micro level, while also linking these to the wider social and cultural constraints that inform and sustain them.
Kevin Meethan, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Plymouth
Hazel Andrews is Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Culture and Society in the Centre for Tourism, Events and Food Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. With a particular focus on practices of embodiment, consumption, habitus and place, her research and publications examine social and symbolic constructions of national, regional and gendered identities in the context of British tourists to Mallorca. Her current research involves the application of theories of existential anthropology to understandings of touristsí experiences and an examination of discourses of nationalism in tourism imagery. Hazel is a co-founder and an editor of the Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice.