BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, ” Theorizing Tourism: Analyzing Iconic Destinations” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
A useful introduction to the critical study of tourism, this brief text applies semiotics and cultural theory to deal with some of our most iconic global destinations. It offers accessible analyses of 18 famous tourist locations from the Taj Mahal… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Nugent, “Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, and Ethnography” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
The Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive, the savior of the environment, and as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is an image… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Walker and Carr, eds., ” Tourism and Archaeology: Sustainable Meeting Grounds” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The global popularity and lucrative potential of tourism has made sustainability a major concern for archaeologists, site managers, politicians, local communities, tourism officials, and other stakeholders. This book establishes new, interdisciplinary ground for tourism and archaeology that will foster a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Damien Keane, “Ireland and the Problem of Information: Irish Writing, Radio, Late Modernist Communication” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Though the work of Irish writers has been paramount in conventional accounts of literary modernism, Ireland itself only rarely occupies a meaningful position in accounts of modernism’s historical trajectory. With an itinerary moving not simply among Dublin, Belfast, and London… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Damien Smith Pfister, “Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister explores communicative practices in networked media environments, analyzing, in particular, how the blogosphere has changed the conduct and coverage of public debate. Pfister shows how the late modern imaginary was susceptible to… Read More
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