Tourists at the Taj: Performance and Meaning at a Symbolic Site (International Library of Sociology)

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Clearly written and fascinatingly illustrated, Tourists at the Taj describes the conflicting narratives which surround the site. For some the Taj is an evocative symbol of the colonial past. For others it is a symbolic centre of Islamic power. For many of the thousands of tourists that visit it each year it is simply a monument of love.
The author shows how tourism can be seen as a performance and the tourist site as a stage on which tourists are directed and rehearsed but also able to improvise their own cultural rituals.

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Tim Edensor is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Staffordshire University

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In this fascinating study, the author attempts to unravel the multiple narratives of the Taj [Mahal] told and performed by tourists. Edensor is mindful that tourism and ethnography, like colonialism, are forms of intervention, inhabiting a space created by Western power. --Frank J. Korom, Boston Univ. for Religious Studies Review.
...it certainly makes for a fine text within the cultural study of tourism.
Annals of Tourism Research

This volume presents a rich mix of description and appli cable theory...well documented discussion on the construction of touristic spaces....Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Choice, June 1999

Tourists at the Taj is a must-read for all who are interested in the phenomenon of tourism, the construction of meanings around sites and sights, and/or contemporary India.it is a fine study that summarizes much of the scholarship on tourism, introduces a useful vocabulary, and articulates the contested nature of sites frequented by tourists. Art historians will find it a thought-provoking work, opening new avenues for exploring not only the intersection between tourism and art history, but also the narratives about monuments..

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