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Title: A GEOGRAPHY OF ZOO TOURISM: PLACE-MAKING AND PERFORMANCE OF THE TOURIST GAZE AT SINGAPORE ZOO
Authors: Tan Xin Wei
Keywords: The Tourist Gaze, Theming, Performance, Zoo Tourism, Singapore Zoo, Ethnography
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Tan Xin Wei (2015). A GEOGRAPHY OF ZOO TOURISM: PLACE-MAKING AND PERFORMANCE OF THE TOURIST GAZE AT SINGAPORE ZOO. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: huge variety of animals or rather, to gaze at captive animals through socio-culturally framed lenses, according to John Urry’s seminal concept of the Tourist Gaze. My thesis seeks to turn the Tourist Gaze towards zoos by undertaking a geographical study of zoo tourism in the context of Singapore Zoo (SZ) using ethnographic methods. My objectives are firstly, to examine the place-making of SZ for the tourist gaze through a nuance and comprehensive analysis of theming strategies at different scales, not just at a macro-level as Urry had originally done. Secondly, to utilize the updated concept of the Tourist Gaze, having taken into account criticisms from the performance turn in tourism studies, in exploring the common types of performances of the tourist gaze by tourists. This is to uncover the dynamics between the seemingly dominant sense of sight and other senses and movements of tourists performing zoo tourism at SZ. SZ is themed for the tourist gaze using various socio-cultural and material strategies starting from the zoo animals (mostly unseen to tourists), their exhibits, zones in the zoo and the creation of an overall memorable experience of the zoo for tourists. However, SZ as a tourism attraction is also shaped by tourists’ performances of the tourist gaze and three common kinds of performances are observed – the anthropomorphic, the spectacular and the family gaze. In these performances, sight is the determinant sense that results in embodied corporeal performances by tourists. Using ethnography has allowed me to highlight rich sociocultural accounts of tourists’ experiences and performances of the tourist gaze in SZ that existing quantitative studies of zoos could not have done.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143715
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