The role of the body and the concept of embodiment have largely been neglected in anthropological studies of tourism. This book explores the notion of the tourist body and develops understanding of how touristic practice is embodied practice, not only for tourists but also for those who work in tourism.

This book provides a more holistic understanding of the role of the body in making and re-making self and world by engaging with tourism. This collection brings together scholars whose work intersects with the anthropology of tourism who each draw upon ethnographically informed research based on international case studies that include India, Turkey, Australia and Tasmania, Denmark, the United States, Nepal, France, Italy, South Africa and Spain. The case studies focus on a variety of themes including human and nonhuman ‘bodies’.

The range of case studies gives the book an international appeal that makes it valuable to academic researchers and students in the disciplines of social anthropology, cultural geography, sociology, philosophy and the field of tourism studies itself.

chapter 1|8 pages

Tourism and embodiment

Animating the field
ByCatherine Palmer, Hazel Andrews

chapter 2|14 pages

Re-encountering bodies

Tourists and children on the riverfront of Banaras
ByJenny Huberman

chapter 3|18 pages

Never just an any body

Tourist encounters with wild bears in Yosemite National Park
BySally Ann Ness

chapter 4|13 pages

Queer bodies and the construction of tourism destination space

ByBradley Rink

chapter 5|17 pages

Rethinking the body in the touristic scenario

The elusiveness of embodying disability into tourism
ByRafael Cruces Portales, Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal

chapter 7|21 pages

Yoga-scapes, embodiment and imagined spiritual tourism

ByPatrick McCartney

chapter 8|14 pages

Embodying dyke on bike

Motorcycling, travel and the politics of belonging on-the-move
ByAnna de Jong

chapter 9|19 pages

A matter of life and death

Tourism as sensual remembrance
ByGeoffrey R. Bird, Hilary Leighton, Ann-Kathrin McLean

chapter 10|18 pages

Bodies at sea

‘Water’ as interface in Viking heritage communication
ByMichael Haldrup

chapter 11|14 pages

Daily female embodied experiences of slow food making in Halfeti Southeast Turkey

ByAnna Elisabeth Kuijpers

chapter 12|15 pages

Clay, glass and everyday life

Craft-artists’ embodiment in the tourist landscape
BySolène Prince

chapter 13|16 pages

Material-bodily assemblages on a multi-day wilderness walk

ByKaya Barry

chapter 14|16 pages

Phenomenological anthropology of interactive travel

Mediated responsivity and inter-placed mobilities
ByChristopher A. Howard, Wendelin Küpers

chapter 15|3 pages


BySoile Veijola