Contextualizing Authenticity in Tourism: Arianna Drumond Introduction Tourism is, in many ways, an art form.
It is modern society, through the development of fast, efficient and economical forms of mass transport, increasingly high levels of disposable income and the provision of socially-sanctioned free time that has provided the means and the opportunity for people to participate in tourism.
Additionally, modern society is a major factor in tourist motivation. Whether to simply escape from the pressures and stress of modern life or to seek the authentic, satisfying and meaningful experiences elsewhere, people increasingly believe that the only way to survive in modern society is to regularly remove themselves from it, albeit on a temporary basis.
Thus, in short, tourism is both caused and sustained by modern society. However, tourism is not a single, well defined activity. Tourism encompasses an enormous variety of holidays, modes of transport, destinations and activities, each of which increase or decrease in popularity over time.
In other words, the developments and trends that have, and continue to, occur in tourism cannot be simply explained as resulting from the modernisation of society. In order to fully understand the link between society and the development of tourism, in particular trends and changes in tourism practices rather than tourism as an overall human activity, it is necessary to consider the nature or condition of modern societies.
That is, modern, industrial societies are characterised by a combination of economic, political, social and cultural processes that together create a form of social life that sociologists call modernism.
These processes are constantly evolving and adapting according to the needs and demands of society so that, whereas modern in the temporal sense is a fixed state, modernity as a social condition is dynamic.
Indeed, it has been suggested that as modern societies become post-industrial, with their economies becoming increasingly dependent on the private sector, modernity is being replaced by the condition of postmodernity Harvey, This paper will first investigate the apparent movement in grand theory from modernism to postmodernism.
HERITAGE AND POSTMODERN TOURISM Wiendu Nuryanti Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia Abstract: The complex relationships between tourism and heritage are revealed in the tensions between tradition and modernity. The role of heritage in postmodern tourism is examined, particularly built heritage, which is at the heart of cultural tourism. Postmodernism and Tourism In postmodern society, objects become representations and are corn- modified, packaged, and consumed. Consumption, rather than pro- duction, becomes dominant, and the commodity attains the total occu- pation of social life, becoming what Debord () calls "the spectacle.". Oh, so there is a word for it: Postmodern Tourism. Postmodern Tourism defines a growing trend in travel where adventurers visit offbeat or unpopular locations for purposes pertaining to both “personal interest and ironic detachment”.
From here, the concept of postmodernism will be critiqued and then the relationship between tourism and contemporary culture, and in particular the way in which certain characteristics of postmodern society impact on tourism and touristic experiences, will be examined.
From Modernism to Postmodernism It is difficult to grasp the notion that society or, more specifically, the social and cultural character of life in modern society, is undergoing an identifiable process of transformation from one condition to another.
Indeed, there is much debate among sociologists themselves as to whether modern society has moved beyond modernity and is now identified by a set of characteristics that may be amalgamated and described as the condition of postmodernity Sharpley, As Urryp.
What is certain is that many of the economic, political, social and cultural forms that characterise modernism have changed or are in the process of change. The extent to which these changes are inter-related and signify an identifiable and all-embracing development in the nature of contemporary society is arguable, but, nevertheless, postmodernism is a term that can be usefully applied to the organisational and cultural condition of modern society in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.
The emergence of modern societies in a temporal, periodic sense can be traced back to the Europe of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with successful agriculture, scientific and industrial revolutions Fife, It was during this period that, rather than being dependent on and controlled by nature, societies were increasingly able to dominate their natural world to their own advantage.
Its origins lie in what is known as the Enlightenment Project, a period of intellectual thought dating back to the eighteenth century Sharpley,whereby society, through the accumulation and application of scientifically based knowledge, could be released from the constraints of irrational forms of thought, such as religion, superstition, myth and ideology.The analysis then turns to cultural travel and mass tourism, the successors to pilgrimage in the early modern age and the modern era up to the present.
As the societal framework of meaning for such travel shifted from a normative paradigm to secular models of travel, McDonaldization, Disneyﬁcation, and postmodernism provide alternative (and.
The `Other' Postmodern Tourism: Culture, Travel and the New Middle Classes. Abstract. The 'Other' Postmodern Tourism: Culture, Travel and the New Middle Classes Ian Munt 'I wanted to travel to South America because I was bewitched by Years of Solitude' (Borzello, ). Postmodern tourism is associated with the discovery of new exotic places that the corporate sector has overlooked in commercialising.
Examples include “Heritage tourism” and “Nature tourism”, which have manifested into Kuala Lumpur’s own Heritage Walk and Mount Kinabalu climbs in Malaysia.
postmodern tourism. Tourism is the modem tourism of post-modernism in leisure, communication and aesthetic of tool rationality and utilitarian severely criticizes after one of the tourism new claims, it's essence is a kind of open, follow one's inclinational, game mentality towards the multicultural, multiple.
POSTMODERN SOCIETY AND TOURISM In the past, the study of tourism was saturated with economic and quantitative features of the tourism phenomenon which, apart from the quantitative rise expressed in high numeric values, did not care much about.
Oh, so there is a word for it: Postmodern Tourism. Postmodern Tourism defines a growing trend in travel where adventurers visit offbeat or unpopular locations for purposes pertaining to both “personal interest and ironic detachment”.