Demonstrate the relevance and importance of tourism in the construction of local, national and global identities.
For many years Ireland has been a popular tourist destination and tourism has been one of the most significant social, economic and cultural forces in Irish society. Irish Tourism: Image, Culture and Identity engages with major national and international debates on contemporary tourism through cutting-edge research. The book explores the multi-faceted nature of this important phenomenon, drawing on current work in sociology, cultural studies, ethnography, and language studies. For those who theorise about tourism and those who make practical day-to-day decisions on tourism policy, Irish Tourism will provide invaluable insights into historical and contemporary tourist representations, practices and impacts. In addressing issues such as the relationship between the local and the global in tourist settings, the construction of tourist imagery and products, and the development of tourism policy, contributors to Irish Tourism offer an innovative and critical analysis of the impact of global tourism on a small country. This book will be indispensable reading for students and scholars in Tourism Studies and Irish Studies and will also be essential for students of sociology, cultural studies, geography, languages and anthropology.
Section I: Changing places: the local and the global in tourist communities 1. 'If it wasn't for tourists we wouldn't have an audience': The Case of Tourism and Traditional Music in North Mayo - M. Kneafsey (Coventry University); 2. Defining the Local: The Development of an 'Environment Culture' in a Clare Village - R. Casey (NUI Maynooth); 3. Shaping Tourism Places - B. Quinn (Dublin Institute of Technology) Section II: Performing Heritage: The Globalisation of Tourist Products and Practices 4. The Irish Pub, Irish Identity and the Tourist Eye - M. McGovern (Edge Hill College, Ormskirk); 5. Constructing Heritage for the Flaneur - E. Slater (NUI Maynooth); 6.: Dance Performance in Tourist Settings - B. O'Connor Section III: The Power of the Gaze: Negotiating Tourist and Native Identities 7. Interpreting Ireland - A. Jorgensen (Trinity College Dublin); 8. The Native Gaze: Literary Perceptions of Tourists in the West Kerry Gaeltacht - M. Nic Eoin (St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra) Section IV: Imagining Ireland: The Construction of Tourist Representations 9. Next to Being There: Ireland of the Welcomes and Tourism of the Word - M. Cronin (Dublin City University); 10. Home from Home: Diasporic Images of Ireland in Film and Tourism - S. Rains (Dublin City University) 11. Photography, Tourism and Natural History- J. Carville (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Media) Section V: Tourism Policy: Historical and Contemporary Issues 12. Language, Culture and Trends in Irish Tourism Employment - J. Pechenart (Dublin City University); 13. Tourism, Dependency, and the Postcolonial Irish State, 1925-1930 - S. Thompson (Cyprus College)