The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism explores and
critically evaluates the debates and controversies in this field of
Tourism. It brings together leading specialists from a range of
disciplinary backgrounds and geographical regions, to provide
state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research on
this significant stream of tourism and its future direction.
The book is divided into 7 inter-related sections. Section 1 looks
at the historical, philosophical and theoretical framework for
cultural tourism. This section debates tourist autonomy role play,
authenticity, imaginaries, cross-cultural issues and
inter-disciplinarity Section 2 analyses the role that politics
takes in cultural tourism. This section also looks at ways in which
cultural tourism is used as a policy instrument for economic
development. Section 3 focuses on social patterns and trends, such
as the mobilities paradigm, performativity, reflexivity and
traditional hospitality, as well as considering sensitive social
issues such as dark tourism. Section 4 analyses community and
development, exploring adaptive forms of cultural tourism, as well
as more sustainble models for indigenous tourism development.
Section 5 discusses Landscapes and Destinations, including the
transformation of space into place, issues of authenticity in
landscape, the transformation of urban and rural landscapes into
tourism products and conservation versus development dilemmas.
Section 6 refers to Regeneration and Planning, especially the
creative turn in cultural tourism, which can be used to avoid
problems of serial reproduction, standardisation and
homogenisation. Section 7 deals with The Tourist and Visitor
Experience, emphasising the desire of tourists to be more actively
and interactively engaged in cultural tourism.
This significant volume offers the reader a comprehensive
synthesis of this field, conveying the latest thinking and
research. The text is international in focus, encouraging dialogue
across disciplinary boundaries and areas of study and will be an
invaluable resource for all those with an interest in Cultural
This is essential reading for students, researchers and academics
of Tourism as well as those of related studies in particular
Cultural Studies, Leisure, Geography, Sociology, Politics and
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