Farias, Ignacio – Touring Berlin: Virtual Destination, Tourist Communication and the Multiple city

Touring Berlin. Virtual Destination, Tourist Communication and the Multiple city

Ignacio Farías

Through the study of standardized practices (walking tours, bus-tours) and devices (maps, guidebooks) for touring cities, this dissertation shows (1) how the city of Berlin is transformed into a virtual object, namely, an urban destination, (2) how such transformation is enabled not simply by tourist movement in space and being away from ‚home‘, but by tourist communication on the city, and (3) how this emergent tourist city is embedded in a multiple and polycontextural urban public sphere, in which it enters into different types of relationship with neighbouring enactments of the city, such as those of city-marketing and collective memory. Subtly informing the whole text there are three aspects to be mentioned: the dissertation proposes a new theory of tourism as a form of communication, not of travel; it integrates Luhmann’s communication theory with actor-network theory; and it is throughout empirical, based on a year-long ethnographic study (2005-2006) of touring practices and devices in contemporary Berlin.


Port, Andrew – History from Below, the History of Everyday Life, and Microhistory

History from Below, the History of Everyday Life, and Microhistory

‘People’s history’ focuses on the lives of ordinary people, with an eye to their struggles, everyday practices, beliefs, values, and
mentalities. Influenced by the Annales School and cultural anthropology, but reacting against traditional social history’s emphasis on social structures and serial trends, its practitioners emphasize the importance of individual agency while trying
to demonstrate the complexity of lived experience, the fluidity of identity, and the subjective nature of meaning. Important types of ‘people’s history’ include ‘history from below,’ Alltagsgeschichte (the ‘history of everyday life’), and ‘microhistory,’ all of which involve a dramatic reduction of historical scale, focusing on a single individual, community, or spectacular event.

Richards, Greg Dr.

Greg Richards is Professor of Placemaking and Events

Greg Richards is Professor of Placemaking and Events at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands. He has worked on projects for numerous national governments, national tourism organisations and municipalities, and he has extensive experience in tourism research and education, with previous posts at London Metropolitan University (UK), Universitat Roviria I Virgili, Tarragona (Spain) and the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK). He held a European Union Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Interarts Foundation in Barcelona.

  1. The new global nomads: Youth travel in a globalizing world; pre-publication (2015)
  2. Tourism and Gastronomy: From foodies to foodscapes

Ellis, Carolyn S, Arthur Bochner – Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject

Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject

Ellis, Carolyn S, Arthur Bochner. “Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject” The Handbook of Qualitative Research.

Once again, editors Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S Lincoln have put together a volume that represents the state of the art for the theory and practice of qualitative inquiry. Built on the foundation of the landmark first edition, published in 1994, the second edition is both the bridge and the roadmap to the territory that lies ahead for researchers across the disciplines. The Second Edition is a significant revision; in fact, it is virtually a new work. It features six new chapter topics, including, among others, auto-ethnography, critical race theory, applied ethnography, queer theory, and testimonies.

Noy, Chaim – Staging portraits: Tourism’s panoptic photo-industry

Noy, Chaim – Staging portraits: Tourism’s panoptic photo-industry

Shifting from representationally-oriented analysis of images to analysis of practices—the production, circulation and consumption of tourists’ images, and from photos created by tourists to photos staged, produced and displayed by the industry, this article offers a qualitative, ethnographic study of tourism’s visual culture. Through observations conducted on a cruise ship, the author offers up-close depiction of photo-taking routines, and of the public display of multiple images of vacationing tourists. The article critically accounts for tourists’ desire to be photographed and portrayed by the industry in terms of visual surveillance (Foucault) under contemporary neoliberal visual regime. It is further argued that public displays of tourists’ images create, through collective mediation/ mediatization, a commercially assembled touristic collective or public.





Volume 7, Number 2, Autumn 2012, pp. 39-54

Tourism studies, generally considered multi-, inter- and even post-disciplinary, has not yet embraced neuroscience, despite the fact that the latter has been extending its domain in the last decades, opening up to human consciousness, as well as to social issues, arts and the humanities. This paper argues that it is also necessary for tourism social studies to take into account recent developments in this field.

Keywords: Neuroscience; Embodiment, Extended Mind; Mirror Neurons; Neuroethics;

Theiner, Georg – A Beginner’s Guide to Group Minds

 A Beginner’s Guide to Group Minds (2014)

A Beginner’s Guide to Group Minds – By Georg Theiner (Villanova University)
In recent years, the once-discredited concept of group cognition has shown definite signs of a comeback in the social sciences, some regions of cognitive science, and among philosophers concerned with collective agency. However, there are important differences among their respective views of why some psychological property should count as a group level phenomenon.  If we want to understand these differences, it is critical that we develop a shared ‘lingua franca’ that we can use to taxonomize different variants of group cognition.  It is the goal of my paper to contribute to this larger enterprise.  The paper is organized as follows.  First, I elaborate on the distinction between singular and group minds, and draw a distinction between hive cognition, collective cognition, and socially distributed cognition.  Then I briefly clarify the concept of mind that we can plausibly take to be at play in the present debate.  In the rest of the paper, I sketch an analysis of the emergent character of socially distributed cognition that is free from the metaphysical shackles of vitalism.