Ethnographic research in tourism and urban contexts


“Capitalism is desperately trying to re-make all of tourism in its own image. But it has not yet fully succeeded in doing so.” Interview with Dean MacCannell

Dean MacCannell (Washington, 1940), trained in anthropology and with a Phd in sociology, is Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Davis, United States. He is the author of The tourist: a new theory of the leisure class (Schocken Books Inc, 1976), which is considered to be one of the seminal works of the Anthropology of Tourism. His other most famous works are Empty Meeting Grounds (Routledge, 1992) and The Ethics of Sightseeing (UC Press, 2011). (more…)