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Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice Paperback – May 10 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (May 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817355871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817355876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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Pezullo's topic and approach are as fresh as her subject matter is fetid. . . . Her exposure of corporate cooptation of environmentalism ('astroturfing') is eloquent. The discussion of AstraZeneca's manufacturing cycle of making cancer causing herbicides, cancer treatment drugs, and sponsorship of Breast Cancer Awareness is revelatory and awful. . . . Pezullo throws the political work of the tour into sharp relief, not merely toxic tours, but potentially all tours. This is excellent work because it points to the possibility of a more active and engaged type of tourism as opposed to a passive and alienated one.
&#151Dean MacCannell, author of The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class

A very stimulating read. I find myself wanting to bring Toxic Tourism up in conversations, and I'm resisting the temptation to share chapters 2 and 3 early. . . . I can't think of another book that presents the modified ethnographic approach used by Pezullo so explicitly. It would be a wonderful textbook for a graduate course in qualitative research methods.
&#151Tarla Peterson, author of Sharing the Earth: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development

About the Author

Phaedra C. Pezullo is Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University and coeditor, with Ronald Sandler, of Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: Assessing the Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement.

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HASH(0xa4ee8d8c) out of 5 stars excellent, scholarly examination of toxic tourism Jan. 26 2008
By Stacey Sowards - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book provides excellent insight into the nature of the tourism industry as it relates to ecological awareness. Specifically, this book explores toxic tourism, or the traveling to areas that have been heavily polluted, as a form of advocacy tourism that also engages perspective, learning, and understanding about environmental pollution and its effect on various communities and the environment.

In addition, this book is grounded theoretically in understanding tourism through the visual, but also other senses: the feeling of presence through smell, touch, bodily movement, and emotion. Pezzullo explains that the toxic tour often provides the embodiment of counterexperience to our everyday lives, which shapes our process of becoming. However, as Pezzullo observes in the conclusion, we also must remember that tourism, and especially toxic tourism, provides a learning experience, but does not necessarily clean up communities, nor does one actually know the experience of everyday life in toxic areas.

In short, this book is insightful for not only those interested in environmental protection, but also those who are interested in tourism studies, advocacy tourism, environmental communication, and an understanding of how our experiences shape what we learn and know about the world.