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Tourism consumption and the imagination of money

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This paper supplements exisiting research on tourism consumption through a focus on money. It draws upon recent work in the geography of money and economic sociology, arguing that the understandings of money used by consumers are of importance to the social formation of tourism. Using a theoretical framework that links consumption studies and reconceptualizations of money, the paper develops a qualitative case study of British long-haul travellers. It concludes that consumers' understandings of money are integral to the ways in which tourists seek to engage with destinations, and points out some implications for the politics of tourism.

Keywords: Britain; Peru; consumption; money; qualitative methodologies; tourism

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales Aberystwyth

Publication date: September 1, 2001


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