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Disciplinary Power and Tourism: Foucault’s Genealogical Approach

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2002, 26(3), pp.255-278
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Kwang-Eik Cho 1

1대구가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

Most scholars related to leisure and tourism studies agree to the ideas that tourist is a free person who voluntarily visit some places, temporarily go away from his/her everyday life and society, and practice his/her own decisions. This study raise the question against these generally accepted propositions.Based on the Foucault’s genealogical approach, author reveals the power relationships in leisure and tourism spaces. He pointed out that tourists as modern subject are the products of disciplinary power omnipresent in human society. This paper argues four points. First, modern disciplinary power exists not as substantial but as relations and networks in leisure and tourism spaces. Second, disciplinary power is omnipresent in leisure and tourism spaces as in all other human realms. Third, disciplinary power effects are not negative but positive and productive in leisure and tourism. Finally, the eye of power can be observed in the power relationship in leisure and tourism.

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