Being Elsewhere

Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America
Shelley Baranowski and Ellen Furlough, Editors
A guide to vacationing, from the 1800s to the present


The first edited collection of its kind, Being Elsewhere focuses on the history of tourism in Europe and North America from the early nineteenth century. The volume brings together new scholarship that explores tourism's significance to such major historical developments as class formation, political mobilization, the tensions between nation-building and regional development, and the power of mass consumer culture.

The essays focus on the ways in which tourism and vacations have been historically constitutive of class, social status, and collective identities. Explorations into the history of tourism and vacations reveal their importance for constructing modern cultural meanings of experience, desire, visuality, mobility, and the care of the self, as well as for representing the "good life" and the benefits of consumerism. A major contribution of this book is to demonstrate tourism's importance for nation-building, whether by mobilizing mass consent through state-sponsored leisure organizations, granting paid vacations as a right of citizenship, or creating new tourist sites meant to signify the "essence" of the nation.

Providing historical context and geographical specificity to a subject that has long engaged sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and literary theorists, but rarely historians, Being Elsewhere is exactly the collection to interest historians, social scientists, and scholars of literary and cultural studies.

Shelley Baranowski is Professor of History, University of Akron.

Ellen Furlough is Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . a very resourceful book for anybody interested in the historical development of tourism over the last two centuries."
    —Auvo Kostiainen, University of Turku, Finland, Annals of Tourism research, reprinted in Publications in Review, Volume 30, No. 1 (2003)
  • ". . . this book makes an important contribution to contemporary studies of travel and tourism, and will be of interest to a broad range of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences."
    —Gene McQuillan, City University of New York, Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society, Fall 2002

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 392pp.
  • 1 drawing, 15 B&W photographs.
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  • 2001
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