Tourists at the Taj: Performance and Meaning at a Symbolic Site

1st Edition

Tim Edensor

Routledge
Published July 9, 1998
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415167130 - CAT# RU16633
Series: International Library of Sociology

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Summary

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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