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Great Expectations: Imagination and Anticipation in Tourism
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Great Expectations: Imagination and Anticipation in Tourism (Hardback)

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The negotiation of expectations in tourism is a complex and dynamic process - one that is central to the imagination of cultural difference. Expectations not only affect the lives and experiences of tourists, but also their hosts, and play an important part in the success or failure of the overall tourism experience. It is for this reason, the authors argue, that special attention should be given to how expectations constitute and sustain tourism. The case studies presented here explore what fuels desires to visit particular places, when and how enchantment with tourist destinations begins, and to what degree expectations inform the actual experience of place. Careful attention is paid as to how the imagination of the visitors inspires the imagination of the hosts, and vice-versa, how tourists and host communities actively imagine, re-imagine, and shape each other's lives. This realization, it is argued, has profound consequences, not solely for academic analysis, but for all those who participate in and work within the tourism industry.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesService industriesTourism industryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropology Publisher: Berghahn Books Publication Date: 01/11/2011 ISBN-13: 9780857452771  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jonathan Skinner is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests oscillate between tourism, risk and postcolonial performance on the British colony Montserrat in the Caribbean; and dance health and social inclusion in US and UK dance communities. He is the author of Before the Volcano: Reverberations of Identity on Montserrat (Arawak Publications 2004), and co-editor of Managing Island Life (University of Abertay Press 2006). Dimitrios Theodossopoulos is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. His earlier work examined people - wildlife conflicts and indigenous perceptions of the environment. He is currently working on ethnic stereotypes, indigeneity, authenticity, and the politics of cultural representation in Panama and Southeast Europe. He is the author of Troubles with Turtles: Cultural Understandings of the Environment on a Greek Island (Berghahn 2003), and editor of When Greeks Think about Turks: The View from Anthropology (Routledge 2006) and United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization (Berghahn 2009).

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