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Tourism as an ordering


Franklin, AS, Tourism as an ordering, Tourist Studies, 4, (3) pp. 277-301. ISSN 1468-7976 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1468797604057328


This article offers an entirely different way of understanding the origins, significance and relational materialism of tourism. Borrowing from the emergent sociology of ordering, which combines aspects of Foucault's notion of governance with 'post-ANT' insistence on relational materialism, it shows how tourism came to be a heterogenous assemblage 'at large' in the world, remaking the world anew as a touristic world; a world to be seen, felt, interpellated and travelled. In doing so it underlines the paradoxical significance of nationalism as an ordering with clear implications for the emergence of the tourism ordering. It also, at last, invites research on the relationality of technologies and objects of tourism as well as key individuals whose dreams of tourism were essential to the history of the tourism ordering. Seen as an ordering this conception of tourism offers an alternative to structuralist accounts that have long influenced and inhibited tourist studies. It also explains why tourism was so hard to define, until now. © 2004 SAGE Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, AS (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:36097
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2007-11-14

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