Authenticity and Imaginaries in the Anthropology of Tourism

Půtová Barbora

Abstract

The anthropology of tourism represents a relatively new and
dynamically developing sub-discipline and thematic field of sociocultural
anthropology. The pivotal research topics of the anthropology of tourism are
authenticity and tourism imaginaries. The main objective of this paper is
the theoretical analysis of particular approaches to the studies of authenticity
as they have been developed since the 1970s. Special attention is paid to
the phenomenon of tourism imaginaries, which have been the subject of the
anthropology of tourism since the 1990s. Therefore, this paper includes the
typologies of these categories, as well as further elaboration of the category
of the tourists’ perspective, including how theory makes this perspective more
accurate and gradually differentiated. This paper presents the development
of research terms and categories in the wider context of the development of
the anthropology of tourism, and analyses the power relations that affect the
relations between guests and hosts.

Keywords

anthropology of tourism; authenticity; imaginaries; touristic gaze; host; guests

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Vydání: 20, 2018, 1