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Signifying Practices and the Co-tourist

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  • Harvey, Daina Cheyenne
  • Lorenzen, Janet
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    Within the paradigm of tourist studies there has recently been an acceptance of the democratization of tourism and consumption. Missing from the notion of the democratization of tourism is the role of status building through the creation of cultural capital enhancing experiences. While tourist spaces may be becoming democratized, the relationships between tourists within those spaces are not. Increasingly tourists are relying on the performance and presence of other tourists who have similar interests and motives, what we call the role of the co-tourist, to facilitate the tourist experience. This paper addresses the importance of recognizing status and consumption for the study of tourism, posits the notion of a co-tourist, and ends with some reflections on the co-tourist in Santa Barbara, California.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 25400.

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    Date of creation: 09 Sep 2005
    Date of revision: 22 Jan 2006
    Publication status: Published in TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism 1.1(2006): pp. 11-28
    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25400

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    Keywords: co-tourist; signifying; consumption; democratization; post-tourist;

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    1. Holt, Douglas B, 1998. " Does Cultural Capital Structure American Consumption?," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 25(1), pages 1-25, June.
    2. Holt, Douglas B, 1997. " Poststructuralist Lifestyle Analysis: Conceptualizing the Social Patterning of Consumption in Postmodernity," Journal of Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 23(4), pages 326-50, March.
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