Tourism and Cultural Change

a souk style market in istanbul

Tourism is one of the central means by which we engage with our own pasts and the pasts of others. Indeed much of tourism is founded upon a diverse and changing set of cultural and heritage resources. As communities and governments continue in various ways to mobilise heritage resources for the purposes of tourism, questions are raised regarding the ways in which societies interact with the past, or at least commodified and mediated versions of the past. Understanding tourism and tourists by and beyond the economies they create, is a way of interrogating how societies negotiate notions of self and ‘otherness’, how cultures present themselves, how geographies are constructed and how histories are performed.