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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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Encountering Community

Encountering Community

(p.141) 6 Encountering Community
Tours That Bind

Shaul Kelner

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the individual traveler as a member of the tour group. It outlines the ways that tour sponsors mobilize the small-group dynamics of the community of tourists both as a socializing agent that mediates the encounter with place, and establishes norms around its interpretation and as a socializing experience of ethnic community in its own right. Tour sponsors hope that the emotions generated by the group experience will attach to the symbols of homeland and ethnic community in which this group experience was embedded. This hope has been repeatedly vindicated over the years—not universally, but enough to sustain the sponsors' interest in a strategy they feel comfortable labeling a success.

Keywords:   tourists, tour groups, small group dynamics, tour sponsors, ethnic community, homeland

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