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Gazing awry: Reconsidering the Tourist Gaze and natural tourism through a Lacanian-Marxist theoretical framework / G. Dash, C. Cater, Carl Cater
Tourist Studies, Volume: 15, Issue: 3, Pages: 267 - 282
Swansea University Author: Carl Cater
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ASSESSOR 1: Originality-Highly original in its counter-position of theoretical positions, as well as the case example used to illustrate the thinking.Rigour-Unclear how the case study evidence sponsors or supports the discussion – but this may be an unreasonable expectation for a paper of this natur...
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ASSESSOR 1: Originality-Highly original in its counter-position of theoretical positions, as well as the case example used to illustrate the thinking.Rigour-Unclear how the case study evidence sponsors or supports the discussion – but this may be an unreasonable expectation for a paper of this nature.Significance-Clear contribution to how we think about and understand tourism and its relationship with nature.Note to self – it is interesting that the paper sometimes refers to ‘we’ and sometimes ‘I’. This seems to question the authorship.ASSESSOR 2: A strange paper that promises an interesting rad but in the end the reader is left with ‘so what’. The strength od the paper lies in its originality drawing on concepts outside of tourism to explain sightseeing. However, rigour is weak and the overall significance of the paper dubious.ASSESSOR 3: This paper is located in a 2* ABS list journal, this paper is not from a theoretical perspective that aligns with my interests and as such this review should be treated with caution. The paper analyses Wind Farm developments and ecological calls to nature through psychoanalytical approach to eco-Marxism. In terms of originality, this paper applies contemporary psychoanalytical approaches to ideas of nature and some empirical accounts of tourist experience and as such presents a psychoanalytical approach to the social theory of Foucault and later interlocutors by introducing the element of fantasy and the construction of the other more explicitly. This departure from social theory to psychoanalytical thought is wholly congruent with Lacanian and post- Lacanian perspectives, but located within a context of sightseeing. To this end, the paper can be considered original in its turn to the field. It represents a rigorous review of Marxist and psychoanalytical thought, although perhaps less rigorous in the treatment of Foucault but I would suspect it represents an important contribution to psychoanalytical tourist studies.
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