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Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers by Dean MacCannell

Empty Meeting Groundscontinues Dean MacCannells post-anthropological search for the cultural subject that is about to emerge from the encounter of the ex-primitive and the postmodern. Here he follows the tourists in their attempts to penetrate the deep periphery (in an essay entitled Cannibalism Today) and then back home again (inThe Desire to Be Postmodern). Empty Meeting Groundsexamines the new cultural forms and community arrangements that accompany the development of global tourism. MacCannell examines the implications of the movement of tourists on Highland Thai trekking tours of primitive villages, and the New Guineacannibal tours, and sets this new form oftourismagainst the corresponding reverse movement of formerly primitive and peasant peoples from the remote periphery to western centers of wealth and power. InEmpty Meeting Grounds, MacCannell does not treat these two opposing movementsas unrelated. Rather, he sees the linkage between the ex-primitive and the postmodern as ineluctable at the level of emerging global culture. The thesis of this book is that human kind has already arrived at, perhaps even gone beyond, the historical moment of the invention of a new kind of community, but we are not yet capable of facing the implication of our collective invention. Will it be a synthesis of the positive human dimensions of so-called primitive existence and the beneficial elements of modern social systems and technologies? Or will it be the most repressive alienated existence we have so far devised for ourselves? Written in the spirit of theoretical activism, MacCannell speculates about the future while being grounded in the present. His theoretical discussions are based upon practical examples: his analyses cover the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Statue of Liberty restoration project, the management of Yosemite National Park and the sale of an entire town of Chinesefarmworkers.

Author: Dean MacCannell

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 240

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1992-06-08

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