**Winner of the 2020 Edward M. Bruner Book Award from the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group**
"Leite, Castaneda, and Adams's volume is a beautiful retrospective of the enduring importance of Ed Bruner's work and legacy in our field, and we have no doubt that it will be used as a central historical, theoretical, and teaching text by many." - Prize Committee
What does it mean to study tourism ethnographically? How has the ethnography of tourism changed from the 1970s to today? What theories, themes, and concepts drive contemporary research? Thirteen leading anthropologists of tourism address these questions and provide a critical introduction to the state of the art. Focusing on the experience-near, interpretive-humanistic approach to tourism studies widely associated with anthropologist Edward Bruner, the contributors draw on their fieldwork to illustrate and build upon key concepts in tourism ethnography, from experience, encounter, and emergent culture to authenticity, narrative, contested sites, the borderzone, embodiment, identity, and mobility. With its comprehensive introductory chapter, keyword-based organization, and engaging style, The Ethnography of Tourism will appeal to anthropology and tourism studies students, as well as to scholars in both fields and beyond.
For more information, check out A Conversation with the Editors of the Ethnography of Tourism: Edward M. Bruner and Beyond and In Memoriam: Ed Bruner.
The Ethnography of Tourismoffers a comprehensive and insightful analysis of half a century of pathbreaking contributions made by one of postmodern anthropology’s leading practitioner-theorists, Edward Bruner. . . . It is impossible to do critical anthropological work in tourism today without the foundation provided by Edward Bruner. His contributions have been and will continue to be long-lasting.The Ethnography of Tourism combines this brilliant subject with a group of excellent theoreticians and superb ethnographers who have meaningfully applied key Brunerian concepts in their field sites. The excellent historiographical and contextualizing analyses at the beginning of the volume, strong discussions of Bruner’s and other theoretical concepts in various of the chapters, and Di Giovine’s magisterial interview with Bruner at the end of the book give us an insightful and exceptionally useful volume that is ideal for the experienced scholar, the newcomer to the field, and for graduate students interested in the development of anthropology and of tourism studies in the post-modern era.
2/10/2021 - All three co-editors were featured on the New Books in Anthropology podcast, in an episode dedicated to the book. The web write-up mentions the book as the winner of the 2020 Edward Bruner Book Prize. Link: https://newbooksnetwork.com/the-ethnography-of-tourism