Estudos Históricos (Rio de Janeiro)
Print version ISSN 0103-2186
CALETRIO, Javier. "De veraneo en la playa": belonging and the familiar in Mediterranean mass tourism. Estud. hist. (Rio J.) [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.47, pp. 119-140. ISSN 0103-2186. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21862011000100007.
Tourism studies have highlighted the quest for novelty and the exotic in the tourist experience and have given a prominent role to class-determined aesthetic sensibilities in the consumption of places. This paper engages with these debates through empirical examination of the feelings and practices of tourists in the Spanish Mediterranean. The existing literatures ignores the complex ways in which holiday destinations are entangled in generational change, mobility patterns and perceptions of landscape dynamics. It concludes by advocating a type of tourism studies that take history seriously in order to understand critical turning points and path dependencies in landscape change.
Keywords : mass tourism; belonging; memory; landscape; Mediterranean Sea.