Secularized and Commercialized Odysseys

Neil J. Smelser

in The Odyssey Experience

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943421 | DOI:
Secularized and Commercialized Odysseys

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The focus of this chapter is all about the odyssey experience which is a pervasive human phenomenon that cuts across many received conceptual distinctions. Tourism is counted as a modern odyssey experience, because it is a search for the unfamiliar and the desirable which reaches back into pre-modern history.

Keywords: human; phenomenon; tourism; history; distinction

Chapter.  14990 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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