Hell is other people? An existential-phenomenological analysis of the local gaze in tourism.

Wassler, P. and Kirillova, K., 2019. Hell is other people? An existential-phenomenological analysis of the local gaze in tourism. Tourism Management, 71 (April), pp. 116-126.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.10.005

Abstract

The “Gaze” is a complex and overarching phenomenon comprised of diverse “Gazers” and “Gazees”. This paper adopts an existential-phenomenological perspective to understand tourists’ lived experiences of being gazed upon by local people. Based on thirty experiences collected from interviews with ten participants, we show that experiencing the “Local Gaze” exposes the tourist as Sartrean “Tourist-esque”: an inauthentic experiencer of positivity, discrimination, alienation and self-consciousness. Moments of true human connections are at best ephemeral. Through an existentialist lens, the study questions the possibility of authentic host-guest relationship in tourism and argues that to maintain hopes for an authentic relationship, the concepts of “Gaze” and – perhaps even of “Tourism” – need to be transcended.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-5177
Uncontrolled Keywords:tourist gaze; existentialism; local gaze; I-Thou; tourist experience; touristesque; social connections; sociality
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31343
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Oct 2018 14:51
Last Modified:29 Oct 2018 14:01

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