9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN05 Sociology of Consumption

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Economic and Political Aspects of Consumption Building II, C5.02

Some aspects of modern tourism: a sociological review

The present paper will pursue two main objects. The first one follows from its title - to outline and shortly, in a summary manner, shed light on a few aspects of tourism from a sociological point of view. Achieving of the second goal consist in putting the things discussed in a wider context: I intend to show that in the very process of elucidating these aspects fundamental questions of sociological ? and more broadly, philosophical - classics arise. That is, what may seem at first glance to be an ?unserious? topic (tourism in our case) hides very serious problems with considerable history.
As a whole, it is necessary to note that my paper would be rather an effort to stimulate further discussions than to conduct a profound revision of works (whether they are sociological or philosophical) related to tourism.
Thus, I plan to examine several themes connected with each other:
- authenticity of touristic experience;
- compensatory character of tourism: day-to-day vs. extraordinary;
- leisure and multitude of opportunities as compulsory forces;
- the fall of vitality in the age of post modernity.
During my presentation, I will step by step touch upon these four points and then will try to trace their theoretical beginnings.