Gaze, Encounter and Philosophies of Otherness

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CABI
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
The host gaze in global tourism, 2013, 1st, pp. 179 - 190
Issue Date:
2013-01
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This chapter considers the development of the concept of 'gaze' in Western cultural and critical theory. It then examines the 'flâneur' as a gazer and introduces the concept of the choraster, as the relationship of visitor and host in the space of the 'other' and self. The notion of gaze is thus expanded from one of disassociation to emphasize a more engaged set of experiences that can reflect the imagined-real of both the traveller space and the host community. It draws on philosophy for an understanding of the response to gaze in the touristic encounter and leads to a framework able to deal with the complexity of contemporary tourism experiences. This chapter contributes to an understanding of tourism that is subject-centred, dynamic and capable of dealing with the host's role in developing tourist cultures. It contributes to the building of theory that enables the gaze to be constructed from the diverse and unpredictable interactions that occur and make up the encounter - the space, the host community's values and the tourist's experience
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