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The Ethics of Sightseeing

Dean MacCannell


Is travel inherently beneficial to human character? Does it automatically educate and enlighten while also promoting tolerance, peace, and understanding? This book identifies and overcomes common obstacles to ethical sightseeing. Through its unique combination of personal observation and in-depth scholarship, it ventures into specific tourist destinations and attractions: “picturesque” rural and natural landscapes, “hip” urban scenes, historic locations of tragic events, Disney theme parks, beaches, and travel poster ideals. The book shows how strategies intended to attract tourists carry unin ... More

Keywords: travel, human character, ethical sightseeing, tourist destinations, tourist attractions, rural landscape, Disney theme parks, beaches, travel desires

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257825
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean MacCannell, author