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Commentary: Gazing, Performing and Reading: A Landscape Approach to Understanding Meaning in Tourism Theory

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Urry's classic treatise The Tourist Gaze has sparked more than a decade of development of tourism theory. While his research raises important issues about the nature of tourism and the social relations of tourism, the focus here is on the implications of his research for issues of meaning. It is argued that use of landscape literature in geography and, particularly, its focus on 'reading the landscape' substantially clarifies issues of the meaning of tourist objects raised by Urry's formulation of 'the gaze'.
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Keywords: The gaze; discourse; heterotopia; reading the landscape

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, Indiana University, USA 2: Independent Scholar, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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