Culture On Tour: Ethnographies Of Travel

Paperback | November 15, 2004

byEdward M. Bruner

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Recruited to be a lecturer on a group tour of Indonesia, Edward M. Bruner decided to make the tourists aware of tourism itself. He photographed tourists photographing Indonesians, asking the group how they felt having their pictures taken without their permission. After a dance performance, Bruner explained to the group that the exhibition was not traditional, but instead had been set up specifically for tourists. His efforts to induce reflexivity led to conflict with the tour company, which wanted the displays to be viewed as replicas of culture and to remain unexamined. Although Bruner was eventually fired, the experience became part of a sustained exploration of tourist performances, narratives, and practices.

Synthesizing more than twenty years of research in cultural tourism, Culture on Tour analyzes a remarkable variety of tourist productions, ranging from safari excursions in Kenya and dance dramas in Bali to an Abraham Lincoln heritage site in Illinois. Bruner examines each site in all its particularity, taking account of global and local factors, as well as the multiple perspectives of the various actors—the tourists, the producers, the locals, and even the anthropologist himself. The collection will be essential to those in the field as well as to readers interested in globalization and travel.

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Recruited to be a lecturer on a group tour of Indonesia, Edward M. Bruner decided to make the tourists aware of tourism itself. He photographed tourists photographing Indonesians, asking the group how they felt having their pictures taken without their permission. After a dance performance, Bruner explained to the group that the exhibi...

Edward M. Bruner is professor emeritus of anthropology and criticism and interpretive theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written numerous articles on tourism and has coedited three previous volumes, including International Tourism: Identity and Change.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2004Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226077632

ISBN - 13:9780226077635

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Travel Stories Told and Retold
Part One Storytelling Rights
1. Maasai on the Lawn: Tourist Realism in East Africa
2. The Maasai and the Lion King: Authenticity, Nationalism, and Globalization in African Tourism
3. Slavery and the Return of the Black Diaspora: Tourism in Ghana
Part Two Competing Stories
4. Lincoln's New Salem as a Contested Site
5. Abraham Lincoln as Authentic Reproduction: A Critique of Postmodernism
6. Dialogic Narration and the Paradoxes of Masada
Part Three Tales from the Field
7. The Balinese Borderzone
8. Taman Mini: Self-Constructions in an Ethnic Theme Park in Indonesia
9. Reincorporations: Return to Sumatra, 1957, 1997
Acknowledgments and Credits
Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Not the least of Bruner's achievements . . . is to show his readers how to think about our involvement in the immense processes of change at work in tourism. . . . For Bruner, tourism itself  is a mode of learning, and in this beautifully composed, deeply thought-provoking book he teaches by example."