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The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies by Annette Pritchard, Nigel Morgan, Irena Ateljevic

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2     The political ends of tourism

Voices and narratives of Silwan/theCity of David in East Jerusalem1

Chaim Noy

Introduction: the performative power of tourism

Imagine that you wake up one morning and realize that your house and your neighborhood are now part of a tourist site located inside a National Park. Worse yet, you are now residing inside a highly ideological heritage site, the narrative of which has you playing the role of a rival, of an enemy. Reminiscent of a Kafkaesque tale, things – even if not yourself – have transformed irrevocably. In this chapter I examine how tourism discourses and practices are effectively put into use for political objectives. I hold that commonly both tourism scholarship and tourists overlook the pervasive ...

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