The Tourist Gaze 3.0

The Tourist Gaze 3.0

Third Edition

© 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The original Tourist Gaze was a classic, marking out a new land to study and appreciate. This new edition extends into fresh areas with the same passion and insight of the object. Even more essential reading!"
- Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, Warwick University

This new edition of a seminal text restructures, reworks and remakes the groundbreaking previous versions making this book even more relevant for tourism students, researchers and designers. 'The tourist gaze' remains an agenda setting theory. Packed full of fascinating insights this major new edition intelligently broadens its theoretical and geographical scope to provide an account which responds to various critiques.

All chapters have been significantly revised to include up-to-date empirical data, many new case studies and fresh concepts. Three new chapters have been added which explore:

  • photography and digitization
  • embodied performances
  • risks and alternative futures

This book is essential reading for all involved in contemporary tourism, leisure, cultural policy, design, economic regeneration, heritage and the arts.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to 3.0
Mass Tourism
Working under the Gaze
Changing Tourist Cultures
Places, Buildings and Design
Vision and Photography
Risks and Futures

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

The original Tourist Gaze was a classic, marking out a new land to study and appreciate. This new edition extends into fresh areas with the same passion and insight of the object. Even more essential reading!
Nigel Thrift
Vice-Chancellor, Warwick University

The first edition of Tourist Gaze was a landmark in the theoretical development of tourism studies, and it inspired waves of research and often fierce debates that have reverberated over the following two decades. This new edition of the book is not only thoroughly revised but has also been given renewed cutting edge, particularly by the addition of chapters on risk and on digital photography. At the same time, our understanding of the tourist gaze has been reframed and broadened by the infusion of ideas about mobility and embodiment, making this book an essential read for every tourism scholar
Allan Williams
Professor of Tourism Management, University of Surrey

Don't leave home without the 3rd edition! With new chapters and rigorous restructuring, this classic guide to critical tourism studies becomes even more useful to scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities. The Tourist Gaze 3.0 takes us on a detailed tour of the major concepts and approaches to one of the world's largest culture industries. With fresh insights and new materials, this collaboratively written revision will immediately become required reading for those who pay attention to the world of travel, mobility, and visual culture
Caren Kaplan
Professor of Cultural Studies, Science and Technology, UC Davis

A great classic remade to capture the lives of tourists in the 21st century. For two decades The Tourist Gaze has been one of the most influential books in tourist research. This new and thoroughly reworked version meets the challenges of a changing world of tourism and engages the lively contemporary debates in the field
Orvar Löfgren
Professor of European Ethnology, University of Lund

This thoroughly updated edition of John Urry's seminal contribution to tourist studies will engage a whole new generation of scholars. The extensive addition of new material absorbs and expands upon new insights from within this shifting field of study to develop an enhanced understanding of the tourist gaze. The fresh input of Jonas Larsen adds a renewed vibrancy to the debates which are, as ever, communicated in a brisk, inclusive and lucid fashion, and will ensure that The Tourist Gaze book retains its relevance for students and academics across the world
Tim Edensor
Reader in Cultural Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Tourist Gaze has been the most influential book on tourism in the last twenty years. This extensively revised edition serves to remind us both why the original was so important and engages with the massive developments in the literature it helped to spawn. The impressive updating in response to theoretical debates is matched only by the response to the profound shifts in tourism itself, its markets, technologies and organisation, which indicates how much value still lies in the arguments made
Mike Crang
Reader in Geography, Durham University

Few scholarly books manage to be deeply serious and highly entertaining, but The Tourist Gaze has been absorbing its readers for more than two decades. This newly expanded third edition of Urry's classic is a landmark in its own right; deepening and broadening its approach to the study of tourism in the era of the internet, global warming and peak oil. This book's rich blend of cultural history, political economy and social enquiry takes us to the heart of some of the most urgent issues of our time
Meaghan Morris
Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

The book covers a wide range of tourist-gaze interwoven topics such as theories; mass tourism; economies; working under the gaze; changing tourist cultures; places, buildings and design; vision and photography; performances; risks and futures which function as distinctive chapters within the book, along with an extremely generous bibliography and an index list...With an analytical discourse and the power of exemplification, the tacking of up-to-date emerging trends in tourist behavior and the authors’ genuine ability to read it, the book invites to a critical observation and meditation on today’s “society of spectacle” towards which tourism is heading to, meanwhile bringing a great contribution to tourism research and theoretical development
GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites

Recommended book for the course Tourism development and social and cultural impacts. This courses addresses Tourism theory in its first part. And this book is a classic on the field. Furthermore, this new and updated edition with Jonas Larsen incorporates new debates in a fast-paced changing issue such as tourism and mobility.

Dr Joan Amer
Education Department, University of the Balearic Islands
March 26, 2015

The book has become a classic text in travel and tourism studies and this new edition is yet another useful reference for academic, professionals and students in this multidisciplinary field!

Mr Nikola Naumov
Travel & Tourism, UK College of Business & Computing
September 23, 2014

The book is a good read in formulating an alternative and modern view of modern tourism but not suitable as a textbook for students' needs.

Dr Nikolaos Stylos
Marketing, Innovation, Leisure and Enterprise , Wolverhampton Univ.
September 6, 2014

A classic text book which every Tourism student should have read, providing a good snapshot of tourist behaviour and society. This edition benefits from interesting and timely updates to the changing and dynamic tourism industry and how tourists are changing.

Dr Victoria Kennedy
Department of Tourism & Leisure, Liverpool Hope University
August 1, 2014

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