Tourism and entertainment: boundaries and connections

Pearce, Philip L. (2008) Tourism and entertainment: boundaries and connections. Tourism Recreation Research, 33 (2). pp. 125-130.

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Abstract

Scholars approaching the issue of defining key terms should be wary of relying too heavily on etymological definitions (Warburton 1996). The terms of interest often shift meaning over time and assume new and subtle forms. Nevertheless, the derivation of a concept, particularly a generic and abstract concept such as entertainment, can occasionally be illuminating as it can provide an insight into the current use. For those with an interest in the history of leisure and society it is perhaps not surprising to appreciate that entertainment has its roots in the leisured world of Roman society and more specifically in the Latin verb 'tenere' to hold and the prefix 'enter' meaning among or together (cf. Bammel and Bammel 1992). These roots form part of the meaning of entertainment to be pursued in this introduction and throughout this special issue of Tourism Recreation Research. The interest in this introduction and the accompanying papers is in those forms of the phenomenon of entertainment provided predominantly for tourists and which hold their attention in a social context.

Item ID: 8619
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: editorial; tourism; entertainment
ISSN: 0250-8281
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 01:33
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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