Issues in cultural tourism studies / Melanie K. Smith

By: Smith, Melanie K.
ISBN: 0415256380.Edition: 1st ed.Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2003Description: xi, 195 p.Summary: Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies examines the phenomenon of cultural tourism in its broadest sense. Drawing on postmodern perspectives, it emphasises the importance of popular cultural tourism; alternative and ethnic tourism; and working-class heritage and culture. Its main focus is on the role that cultural tourism plays in the globalisation process and the impacts of global tourism development on culture, traditions and identity, especially for regional, ethnic and minority groups. The text outlines the development of cultural tourism, before discussing the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts that it can have on destinations and host communities. It then provides an analysis of the importance of cultural politics, especially for cultural tourism policy development. Later chapters discuss the role of cultural tourism in urban regeneration and also explore the organisational and policy framework for European cultural tourism. The text highlights the need for greater emphasis to be placed on the consideration of marginalised groups in policy formation for and in the management of cultural tourism. Individual chapters make specific references to the problems of exclusion and discrimination, as well as discussing issues relating to integration and identity. Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies combines a rigorous and academic theoretical framework with practical case studies and real-life examples, initiatives and projects drawn from both the developed and developing world. It argues that the future development and management of cultural tourism relies on a greater degree of mutual understanding and communication between the sectors involved in its development, if it is to be sustainable, integrative and democratic. (Font: Editor)
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Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies examines the phenomenon of cultural tourism in its broadest sense. Drawing on postmodern perspectives, it emphasises the importance of popular cultural tourism; alternative and ethnic tourism; and working-class heritage and culture. Its main focus is on the role that cultural tourism plays in the globalisation process and the impacts of global tourism development on culture, traditions and identity, especially for regional, ethnic and minority groups.

The text outlines the development of cultural tourism, before discussing the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts that it can have on destinations and host communities. It then provides an analysis of the importance of cultural politics, especially for cultural tourism policy development. Later chapters discuss the role of cultural tourism in urban regeneration and also explore the organisational and policy framework for European cultural tourism. The text highlights the need for greater emphasis to be placed on the consideration of marginalised groups in policy formation for and in the management of cultural tourism. Individual chapters make specific references to the problems of exclusion and discrimination, as well as discussing issues relating to integration and identity.

Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies combines a rigorous and academic theoretical framework with practical case studies and real-life examples, initiatives and projects drawn from both the developed and developing world. It argues that the future development and management of cultural tourism relies on a greater degree of mutual understanding and communication between the sectors involved in its development, if it is to be sustainable, integrative and democratic. (Font: Editor)

Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. A framework for cultural tourism studies -- 2. Reconceptualising cultural tourism -- 3. The impacts of cultural tourism -- 4. European cultural tourism: integration and identity -- 5. Cultural tourism, interpretation and representation -- 6. The globalisation of heritage tourism -- 7. Indigenous cultural tourism -- 8. The arts, festivals and cultural tourism -- 9. Cultural tourism and urban regeneration -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index

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