By Professor John Urry
Tourism is either a tremendous section of sleek lifestyles and a hugely profitable for lots of nations, but its value has been ordinarily unrecognized within the educational area. within the vacationer Gaze John Urry examines the idea that of tourism from a sociological standpoint, demonstrating that tourism is a distinct and significant point in modern society. together with his basic specialize in the altering nature of tourism, Urry unearths its connection to the wider cultural adjustments of postmodernism. The vacationer Gaze is vital studying not just for students and researchers in sociology, yet to all these attracted to the social, cultural, and geographical research of latest society.
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They are part of that irreducibly extraordinary character of the ideal tourist site. Likewise towers connecting the land and the sky are now dwarfed by skyscrapers, hotels, space capsules, and of course by aircraft, all of which are much more obviously 'modern' and extraordinary. For example, people staying at Morecambe often travel to Blackpool to visit the Pleasure Park. In Morecambe the major pleasure park has been turned into a theme park, bizarrely based on the theme of the wild West. The few that have prospered, such as Bridlington, Torquay or Southport with its proposed £300 million marina, have the advantage of few modernist buildings to spoil the image of what a typical resort (apart from Blackpool) ought to look like (see Wickers, 1987: 8).
This began in France and Spain, then spread to Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, and then to north Africa and most recently to Turkey. Different stretches of beach are to be read quite differently — with strikingly different possible forms of activity possible. As the everyday has changed, as towns and cities have become deindustrialised and many have themselves become objects for the tourist gaze, with wave machines and other features of the beach, so seaside resorts are no longer extraordinary. Spectacle and display became the symbols of [a] dynamic community' (1987: 13).
Quoted in Grass, 1972: 10) While in the interwar period a Lord Mayor of Bradford proclaimed that: 'most of the citizens of Bradford, to say nothing of the children, have enjoyed spending some of their leisure time in this wonderful health resort' (Visitor, July 1935, Diamond Jubilee Souvenir). But it is never dull' (quoted in Perkin, 1976: 191). In the later parts of the century there were a number of related developments in Morecambe: a rapid rate of population increase (over 10 per cent per annum); a considerable growth of capital expenditure, especially on major facilities including a revolving tower; and an extensive growth of lodginghouse and hotel accommodation (see DenisonEdson, 1967).