This chapter examines a key dilemma posed by tourist uses of space: the alienation of tourists from the objects of their gaze. Taking as the starting point the oft-found paradox that homeland tours intended to create feelings of connection also produce feelings of estrangement, it examines the strategies that trip organizers use to undermine the symbolic boundaries that tourism interposes between an observing self (the tourist) and an observed other (the homeland). These strategies, which include site-specific rituals, consciousness-raising groups, and peer-to-peer encounters between tourists and locals, help to partially overcome the feelings of distance and alienation that the act of tourism itself generates.
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