In morocco and the features of the


In order to attempt
to answer the essay above; Does cultural display merely offer the tourist ‘facile’
and ‘stereotyped’ substitute for the “other?  I have chosen to include
my case study of a touristic place. The case study is relation to a vacation quite
recently in morocco and the features of the Moroccan vacation provides for the illustration
of the way in which indigenous cultures in terms of culture display often stereotype
as facile in the way in which they are displayed.


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Figure 1                                                                             Figure 2

(Women making Argan oil)                                               (Al
Hassan Tower)


The sociology of tourism has been an important area of academic
study for many decades. The sociology of tourism is an emergent specialty with
the study of touristic motivations, relationship, roles and how their impact on
tourists and society who receive them.

(Smith, et al., 2010)”The sociology of
tourism is concerned with the relations between tourists as types, and the
structuring, function and consequences of the tourist system in general”. When a person
who travel especially to a strange location or an environment that is sought to
be unfamiliar not only geographically but can also be socially, culturally and personally.

Therefore, the traveller can face difficulties for which a solution may need to
be found if their trip is to be fully rewarding and enjoyable. (Cohen, 1984)Travellers need to
manager their own resources whether it is time or money in situations which are
very different from those at home. They can also lead to find themselves when
in a unknown place to manager there social interactions and relations to obtain
sustenance and even possibly find new companionship. Determining the extent
there will be a cultural distance, they may wish to maintain results in
decisions as to just how unfamiliar the traveller wants his or her environment away
from home base to be. The degree of local participation will be regardless of
whether the individual traveller must superficially study the country to be
visited and make somewhat of a decision in how these problems have environmental
differences. Travel has a great influence on national understanding and appreciation
of other people. The visiting of tourists in a country can affect the living
patterns of indigenous people. The way visitors conduct themselves and their
relationships with citizens of the host country can often have a profound
effect on the mode of life and attitudes of local people.


(Boorstin, 1992) wrote the book “a guide to pseudo-events
in America” in his book his recognised the stimulation is a distinct social category,
linking with many apparently disparate phenomena.  He claimed that America was living in the “age
of contrivance” in which there were illusions and fabrications had become a
dominant force in society. He said the “public life” was filled with “pseudo-events”
which meant it was staged and scripted events where there were counterfeit
versions of the actual happenings. As well as counterfeit event, there were counterfeit
people (such as celebrities) whose identities are also being staged and
scripted and there often is no relationship to any underlying activity. Even
when it comes to the tourist industry which had once offered adventure seeker a
passport to reality, now insults their travellers from the previous places they
were visiting and instead providing “artificial products” in which “picturesque
natives fashion paper-Mache images of themselves” for tourists to see scenes out
of movies. (Boorstin, 1992) said that ” The
traveller used to go about the world to encounter the natives. A function of
travel agencies now is to prevent this encounter. They are devising efficient
new ways of insulating the tourist from the travel world… one reason why returning
tourists nowadays talk so much about and are so irritated tipping practices is
that these are amost their only direct with the people”. Boorstin wishes for a
more exclusive aged of travel. He is trying to imply before the rise of mass


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