ABSTRACT

Introduction The tourist gaze, as defined and refined by John Urry (1990) in The Tourist Gaze, calls to mind a particular way of seeing, of course, but it is more than that. It involves a set of social discourses and mobile practices that organize relations between tourists and places and between tourists and other people. These relations often coalesce around practices of looking and being looked at, but the tourist gaze, as a theoretical paradigm, also refers to a broader social framework in which

certain ways of relating to people and places are organized, normalized and performed. In this chapter, I explore the way mobile communication technologies and social media platforms mediate and mobilize the tourist gaze, enable new ways of seeing and being seen, and orchestrate connections and disconnections across distance and on the move.