This chapter focuses on care, custody and tourism and on how their associated spatial arrangements are often controlled, stewarded and monitored by the state. The title’s reference to famous rock band The Eagles’ 1977 song is meant to suggest the arguably contentious and biopolitical nature of some tourist spaces (Diken and Laustsen, 2004; Minca, 2009). Written by Don Felder, Don Henly and Glenn Frey, the lyrics paint a surrealistic portrait of a luxury hotel which initially appears as inviting and alluring, but turns out to be a hedonistic prison where ‘you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave’ and ‘where we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’. The reference to this passage intends to suggest a deliberately provocative parallel between Hotel California and many spaces that are conceived to host leisurely activities and that promise to provide care and well-being (at time even happiness and a temporary new persona), in other words, to “re-create” their willingly guests1. Contemporary tourism is indeed an industry often concerned with care and “custody”, protection and segregation, always with “re-creation”. From spa-treatments at seaside resorts to trekking in the woods, much focus is placed on recreation-as-rejuvenation of minds and bodies, and/or the realisation of more resilient individuals (Minca, 2012).
|Title of host publication||Tourism Encounters and Controversies : Ontological Politics of Tourism Development|
|Editors||G.T. Jóhannesson, C. Ren, R. van der Duim|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||272|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||New Directions in Tourism Analysis|