Accepted Paper:

The Self in the World and the World in the Self: Contributions from Anthropology of Tourism to Anthropological Theory  

Author:

Tom Selwyn (SOAS)

Paper short abstract:

This paper seeks to substantiate the assertion of the Call text that anthropology of travel, tourism and pilgrimage (ATTP) has ‘arrived’ at the court of ‘mainstream anthropology’ bearing multiple gift and seeks to chart the contours of the new theoretical topography shaped by the ideas of the new arrivals.

Paper long abstract:

This paper seeks to substantiate the assertion of the Call text that anthropology of travel, tourism and pilgrimage (ATTP) has 'arrived' at the court of 'mainstream anthropology' bearing multiple gifts. It thus seeks to chart some of the contours of the new theoretical topography shaped by the ideas of the new arrivals, and identify some of both 'mainstream' (an unfortunate soubriquet that the paper will attempt ritually to bury) and 'travel/tourism related' theorists (a comparably unfortunate appellation) whose work most clearly interrelates and intersects. Amongst topics and authors to be considered are: the place of travel, tourism, and pilgrimage (TTP) in processes of global and local socio-spatial formations - in particular in relation to class and space (Bianchi, Boissevain, Kousis, Harvey and Lefebvre); the shaping of senses of self by TTP and other mobilities (Crick, Edensor,Tucker, Barthes, Dumont, Pocock, and Taylor); the political economy of cultural institutions and cultural production (Nadel-Klein, Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Veblen and Bourdieu); issues of home and home making (Rapport and Raman/Selwyn) aspects of travel/tourism related art, rhetoric, enchantment and ideology generally ( Graburn, Dann, Salazar, Picard, Andrews, Palmer, Hocart, Bloch, Gell, Pinney). Under each heading the aim is show how anthropology of tourism interlaces with anthropological theory more generally.

Panel G42
Tourism and anthropological theory and practice (IUAES Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism)