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Urry’s Tourist Gaze Discourse: Critics and Extension

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2008, 32(6), pp.85-103
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Kim SaHun 1

1경기대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Recent decades envisage enormous growth in intra and international travel and tourism flows, which cause high socio-economic effects on the involved society while activating vigorous academic endeavors. Urry’s tourist gaze thesis is one of the such effort in which he borrows the concept form Michel Faucoult’s medical gaze. Reviewing various critics raised by related authors, writer here also advances some critics and tries to extend the knowledge horizon. He first argues that clinical gaze and touristic gaze could not be the same gaze since the former is a rigid and sovereign eye-power while the latter' a leisurely sightseeing' not accompanying any commitment. Further, he criticize the unidirectional nature of the tourist gaze, suggesting reciprocity of the ‘seeing’ activity occurring between hosts and guests.

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