Architecture Publications

Book Review: MacCannell, Dean. The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).

Daniel Naegele, Iowa State University

This book review is from Harvard Design Magazine 12 (2000): 81–83. Posted with permission.


In a telecommuting age of ubiquitous screens and worldwide webs, when encouragement to connect, to reach out and touch someone, seems never-ending, why republish a twenty-five-year-old inquiry into the nature of "the touristic experience"? This question- obvious to anyone who might already have read appreciatively, as I did a decade ago, Dean MacCannell's The Tourist-is not readily answered by rereading the book today.