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Coping with Tourists: European Reactions to Mass Tourism

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Coping with Tourists

European Reactions to Mass Tourism

Edited by Jeremy Boissevain

272 pages, 35 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-878-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (July 1996)

ISBN  978-1-57181-900-0 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (July 1996)

eISBN 978-1-78920-373-8 eBook

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“…a new and welcome approach to the study of mass tourism in Europe.” • Journal of Area Studies

“Thanks to its introduction and epilogue this collection acquires a theoretical unity and depth and forms an interesting contribution to research on tourism.” • Focaal


Once content to sunbathe and follow guides and established itineraries, tourists are increasingly seeking authentic culture. This is taking them into the private areas and zones to which the locals retire in order to escape the tourist gaze, creating tensions between the two groups. Based on recent anthropological field studies, this book describes how European communities dependant on tourism have been affected by the commoditization of their culture and explores the ways they cope with the constant attention of outsiders. The collection demonstrates both varied and skillful ways in which individuals and communities react to and cope with the impact of decades of mass tourism on their lives and values, thus throwing new light onto questions of identity, boundary maintenance and cultural adjustment.

Jeremy Boissevain (1928-2015) was Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam where he taught from 1966 to 1993. His many activities included the directing of CARE programs in the Philippines, Japan, India and Malta and teaching appointments in Canada, the United States, England and Malta.

Subject: Travel and TourismDevelopment StudiesAnthropology (General)
Area: Europe

Jeremy Boissevain talks of his education, his move into anthropology and his career. In particular he describes his work in network theory and Malta. Interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 6th July 1983. Lasts about 30 mins. Generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust.


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