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Tours That BindDiaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism$
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Shaul Kelner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748169

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748169.001.0001

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Collapsing Distance

Collapsing Distance

(p.109) 5 Collapsing Distance
Tours That Bind

Shaul Kelner

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   tourist, tourists, space, homeland tours, tourism, alienation, estrangement

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