The leisured nature of tourism: A sociological gaze

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The Routledge International Handbook of Leisure, 2013, 1, pp. 280 - 292
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The sociology of tourism encounters a wide range of possible dimensions of analysis of the essentially spatially organized social relationships between 'away' and 'home', Key sociological themes have typically centred their attention on the kinds of identity relationships established in the networks of actors involved in tourism practices and the making of their meaning. Within the range of formulations available to interpret social engagement in tourism, the ontological distinction between 'away' and 'home' is what makes 'tourism' a thing separate from other things in our experiential repertoires and energizes the identity work that is always at stake when encountering the 'other' - constituent of 'away'. The movement of the physical body through space, and in order to reach for 'not home' (the exotic), is a key anchor-point for the work of three scholars whose ideas are canvassed here, and produces the conditions for analysis of how people engage in the touristic world at the moments of meetings with both the self and the 'other'.
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