Maciocco, Giovanni and Serreli, Silvia eds (2009) Enhancing the city: new perspectives for tourism and leisure. Dordrecht [etc.], Springer Netherlands. XIV, 369 p. (Urban and landscape perspectives, 6). eISBN 978-90-481-2419-0. Book.
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Departing from a survey on the post-modern landscapes of tourism, this book explores the transformations the city has undergone and the way it has become a simulacrum offered to tourists, spectacularised with the aim of increasing its capacity for attraction. The experiences dealt with in the papers of authors belonging to different disciplinary fields, emphasise the city’s tendencies to create "stage-set contexts" of the private type, be it historic quarters, theme parks or hypermarkets. Issues like aestheticisation, thematisation and genericity are dealt with, conceptual categories that highlight the weak resistance cities put up against the rules of the leisure industry and, more generally speaking, the consumer economy.
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