Selfie-taking as touristic looking

Dinhopl, Anja and Gretzel, Ulrike (2016) Selfie-taking as touristic looking. Annals of Tourism Research, 57 126-139. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2015.12.015

Author Dinhopl, Anja
Gretzel, Ulrike
Title Selfie-taking as touristic looking
Journal name Annals of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-7383
Publication date 2016-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2015.12.015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 57
Start page 126
End page 139
Total pages 14
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper reconceptualises the tourist gaze as facilitated by smart phones and social media, with a focus on selfies. It presents selfie-taking as a new way of touristic looking in which tourists become the objects of the self-directed tourist gaze. The paper suggests that the practice of selfie-taking in tourism is constituted by othering, stylized performing and producing/consuming visual culture of the self. Through these processes, tourists are able to ascribe the characteristics they otherwise associate with tourist sights onto themselves. Rather than fetishizing the extraordinary at the tourist destination, tourists seek to capture the extraordinary within themselves. Traditional tourist sights and attractions take on different relative importance.
Keyword Self-directed tourist gaze
Tourist gaze
Tourist photography
Visual culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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