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

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8     Thinking inside the box

Understanding discursive productionand consumption in tourism

Kellee Caton

Introduction

Travel's potential to unite people across the lines of culture and nationality has long captivated the popular and scholarly imagination, and recent events such as the IIPT European Conference on Peace through Tourism demonstrate that this age-old concern has lost none of its fervor. Early work on tourism as a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding (e.g. Milman et al. 1990) focused largely on the actual tourism encounter—a not-too-surprising approach, given the anthropological and social-psychological disciplinary paradigms that then dominated much of tourism studies. But as later cultural studies work would clarify, focusing ...

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