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studies aspects of tourism with the goal of supporting sustainable planning and decision making in the region. The department was conceived as a place for exchange and reflection regarding tourism and territorial dynamics and to date, has placed considerable emphasis on the role and development of “scientific tourism”. From 2007 onwards, the department has organized various international academic forums and events to promote reflection and dissemination of scientific research in tourism. Within this framework of action, the Symposium "Tourism, Territories and Societies: Sustainable Development Based on Scientific Research and Integrated Management", was held in April of 2011; an event that brought together researchers from Chile, Brazil, Europe, and the United States. Some of the many questions raised at the meeting included: What are the parameters of tourism experiences?; Is movement (displacement) a key component of the travel experience?; What is the difference between travelers, tourists and even, ethnographers?, What are the limits of built experiences?; When and how can tourism contribute to sustainable development?; How does the phenomenon of tourism interact with anthropological theory and the concepts of acculturation, authenticity, and construction of identity?; What are the research priorities and plans needed to support sustainable tourism development for peripheral regions which, as yet, have little to no identity as a destination? The diverse range of perspectives and results presented during the symposium were the foundation of the book you are now holding in your hands; a synthesis of some of the key issues for tourism development in peripheral destinations. The project challenged the group of researchers who presented at the Symposium to submit works addressing the dimensions of tourism studies represented in the questions aforementioned. The overarching goal was to advance the theoretical framework underlying the analysis of territorial and cultural contexts to support local development efforts in peripheral regions; which, as yet, have little to no identity as tourism destinations. The thirteen articles finally selected have been organized into the three chapters of this book. The first, a critical approach to contemporary tourism, debates the relevance and applicability of various concepts transversal to the understanding of tourism in peripheral areas. They permit a critical look at the changes tourism has brought in various world regions. Bourdeau opens this discussion with an analysis of modern, postmodern, and transmodern forms of tourism, provoking various interesting questions. Does a large sector of the traveling society live in a state of “boredom”; thus requiring leisure as a means to overcome this boredom? Have some travelers reached a point where traditional tourism can no longer satisfy their needs, provoking a search for some sort of experience, "beyond tourism”? Next, Corneloup reflects on the extreme creativity seen in emerging forms of tourism, presenting examples of cultural creativity that is transforming recreational and tourism systems, creating new and unexpected forms of socio-economic development. These first two works focus on observation and


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