Commodification, culture and tourism

@article{Shepherd2002CommodificationCA,
  title={Commodification, culture and tourism},
  author={Robert J. Shepherd},
  journal={Tourist Studies},
  year={2002},
  volume={2},
  pages={183 - 201}
}
  • R. Shepherd
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Sociology
  • Tourist Studies
This article revisits the question of tourism’s role in the commodification of culture. I argue that an acceptance of a cause and effect relationship between tourism and cultural commodification requires an acceptance of a problematic notion of ‘authenticity’. This is because the belief that tourism causes cultural commodification is based on a largely unexamined reliance on Marx’s labor theory of value, source of what Barbara Herrnstein Smith has referred to as a ‘double discourse of value… 
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