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Travel Connections : Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World.

Author/Creator:
Germann Molz, Jennie.
Publication:
London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (217 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
International Library of Sociology Ser.
International Library of Sociology Ser.
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Subjects:
Online social networks.
Tourism -- Social aspects.
Tourism -- Technological innovations.
Culture and tourism.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Living in a world that is increasingly 'on the move' means that many of us now rely on mobile devices, social media, and networking technologies to coordinate togetherness with our social networks even when we are apart. Nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in the emerging practices of 'interactive travel'. Today's travellers are more likely than ever to pack a laptop or a mobile phone and to use these devices to stay in touch with friends and family members - as well as to connect with strangers and other travellers - while they are on the road. New practices such as location-aware navigating, travel blogging, flashpacking and Couchsurfing now shape the way travellers engage with each other, with their social networks, and with the world around them. Travel Connections prompts a rethinking of the key paradigms in tourism studies in the digital age. Interactive travel calls into question longstanding tourism concepts such as landscape, the tourist gaze, hospitality, authenticity and escape. The book proposes a range of new concepts to describe the way tourists inhabit the world and engage with their social networks in the twenty-first century: smart tourism, the mediated gaze, mobile conviviality, re-enchantment and embrace. Based on intensive fieldwork with interactive travellers, Travel Connections offers a detailed account of this emerging phenomenon and uncovers the new forms of mediated and face-to-face togetherness that become possible in a mobile world. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, tourism and hospitality, new media, cosmopolitanism studies, mobility studies and cultural studies.
Contents:
Intro
Travel Connections Tourism, technology and togetherness in a mobile world
Copyright
Contents
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: tourism, technology and togetherness in a mobile world
2 Fieldwork on the move: mobile virtual ethnography
3 Landscape: connecting to place, connected places
4 Gaze: mobilizing and mediating the tourist gaze
5 Hospitality: the mobile conviviality of CouchSurfing
6 Authenticity: representation, commodification and re-enchantment
7 Escape: unplugging from modernity
8 Conclusion: performing mobile sociality
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Germann Molz, Jennie Travel Connections
ISBN:
9781136337048
9780415682855
OCLC:
804662327