Constructing mass tourism
Butcher, J. 2020. Constructing mass tourism. International Journal of Cultural Studies.
The term ‘mass tourism’ can simply be an empirical description of tourism enjoyed by many in modern, industrial societies. However, in context, it often refers to more than this. The ‘mass’ involves an aggregation of individuals, and involves assumptions and inferences about those individuals and the society in which they live. Hence mass tourism is, in an important sense, a social construct. It is therefore surprising that there is little consideration of this aspect of ‘mass tourism’ and its corollary, the ‘mass tourist’ in relevant literature. The article develops a provisional periodisation of mass tourism in social thought, linking constructions of the mass to the politics of the day. It has an exploratory character, suggesting themes for contestation and / or further research. It indicates changes in the view of mass tourism, but also important continuities relating to an assumption of a lack of agency on the part of mass tourists.
|Keywords||mass tourism; mass society; niche tourism; agency; social construction; Fordism|
|Journal||International Journal of Cultural Studies|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||28 Feb 2020|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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