Chapter 7 – Representing the City

“How are identities constructed amidst the processes of globalisation and fragmentation, especially when part of the image of place is increasingly produced for actual or potential visitors? Identity almost everywhere has to be produced partly out of the images constructed for tourists.” (Urry 1995; p.165)

A large focus of the images we create of a city are directed towards portraying the city towards others outside of it. The images which we construct to sell a city to tourists, in part, become the images that define ourselves. If our identity is partly constructed by these choices of portrayal then it is important that we examine more clearly how the tourist views and interacts with the city and the decisions we make in relation to that experience.

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