Anthropology of Tourism - 2nd semester


1) To get a general overview of the historical development of touristic processes
2) To develop a critical perspective of the main social and cultural theories on tourism
3) To be able to use anthropological concepts and tools for the analysis and reflection on tourist encounters
4) To develop skills for the analysis of the social and cultural impacts of tourism
5) To develop skills to address the ethical, epistemological and methodological challenges arising from research on touristic contexts

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Cardeira Silva


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





CARDEIRA DA SILVA, Maria, 2004. Outros Trópicos. Novos Destinos Turísticos. Novos Terrenos da Antropologia. Lisboa: Livros Horizonte
MACCANNEL, D., 1989 *1973* The Tourist: a new Theory of the Leisure Class. New York: Shocken Books.
SAMPAIO, Sofia, 2013. «Estudar o turismo hoje: para uma revisão crítica dos estudos de turismo», Etnográfica, vol. 17 (1) | 2013
SHARPLEY, Richard (2008) 1994 Tourism, Tourists and Society. Cambridgeshire: ELM publications
SMITH, Valene 1978. Host and guests The Anthropology of Tourism. Oxford:Basil Blackwell
URRY, John, 1991. The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Society. Newbury park, CA:Sage.

Teaching method

The course will work under a seminar regime. Classes will alternate moments of theoretical framework with thematic sessions of debate around texts, films and case studies presented by students in each of the thematic modules. Student´s participation is essential and will be evaluated according to a pre-defined timetable. The pace of work will require the reading of at least one text for each class, as well as the progressive reading of the bibliography of general interest.

Evaluation method

Evaluation is based on: participation/ presentation and discussion of bibliographical references (40%); final essay (60%).

Subject matter

1).Historical and cultural variants of tourism
2). Socio-cultural approaches to tourism
3).The production of touristic sites. Objectification, commoditization and cultural display.The shared agenda with heritage
4). Tourist encounters. Race, gender and ethnicity, cultural and sexual encounters
5). Visual consumption, virtual tourism and individual narratives.
6). Ethical, epistemological and methodological challenges of tourism