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Tourism & travel: Laurie Taylor explores the way in which they have evolved over the years and considers their future in the light of Covid and climate change.

Tourism & travel: Laurie Taylor explores their past, present and future. He's joined by the Italian social theorist, Marco D' Eramo, whose latest book unpacks a global cultural phenomenon at the point at which some of us are considering the possibilities of foreign travel, once again. How did travelling, as an elite pastime, evolve into mass tourism? Why do tourists often despise other tourists? How 'authentic' is the average heritage site? What impact does tourism have on our cities and the environment? Might we find more 'otherness' by staying at home? They're joined by Emily Thomas, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, whose research has found that philosophers have theorised extensively about the meaning and purpose of travel in a quest to understand the complexity of the world and of ourselves. Thinking Allowed is produced in partnership with the Open University.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

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Mon 21 Jun 2021 00:15

Guests and Further Reading

Marco D’Eramo,  Italian journalist and social theorist

The World in a Selfie: An Inquiry into the Tourist Age (Verso)



Emily Thomas, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Durham University

The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad (Oxford University Press)

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  • Wed 16 Jun 2021 16:00
  • Mon 21 Jun 2021 00:15

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