For several years, urban research has been pointing out the tense relationship between urban everyday life and tourism. “Overtourism”, “tourismphobia”, and “sustainable urban tourism” are some of the keywords which characterize the on-going debate. Since 2015, the Urban Research Group: New Urban Tourism, which is based at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, focuses not only on potential risks of urban tourism but aims at stimulating a fundamental discussion about city tourism per se.
In order to pursue this goal, the group has organized an international conference which took place in May 2017 at the GSZ. Four members of the young research group have edited the volume Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City which will be published in February by Routledge.
Throughout eleven chapters, the volume studies the manifold dimensions of the complex entanglement of city tourism and urban everyday life. It gathers the diverse phenomena of city tourism under the term new urban tourism. This kind of tourism is characterised by three dimensions: the extraordinary mundane which recognizes the recent appeal of ordinary life in urban tourism; encounters and contact zones which takes into account the new possibilities of connecting different city users with each other; and urban co-production which stands for the heterogeneous actors who jointly shape urban everyday life.
Each chapter focuses on distinct aspects of these three dimensions and the volume includes different academic disciplines. Covered subjects vary from the discussion of consequences of ‘touristified’ neighbourhoods to a critical study of the phenomenological concept of dwelling; from the influence of short-term accommodation rental services on urban everyday life to the production of hangout commons in Berlin.
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