Global Tourism

C104 — Spring 2022

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Stephen Selka
Days and Times
TR 9:10AM - 10:00AM + Discussion
Course Description

This course focuses on tourism, a major aspect of globalization that involves the cross-cultural consumption of experience. Our readings and discussions will center on the complex relationships among different kinds of tourists, tourism organizations, cultural representations, and host communities. Questions include: In what ways in tourism similar to religious pilgrimage? How do forms of travel that are for religious or spiritual purposes relate to tourism? What kinds of desires and fantasies, and promises of gratification, motivate tourists? How does tourism affect local communities? What kinds of power relations exist between “hosts and guests”? We will begin the course with an overview of basic concepts in the study of tourism and travel and proceed to discuss several case studies from across the Americas.