Tactile landscape: visitors at the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2010) Tactile landscape: visitors at the Great Barrier Reef. Sensorial Investigations. pp. 1-13.

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The cliche 'Take only photographs. Leave only footprints' is employed to raise awareness and minimise visitor impacts on sensitive environments. The Great Barrier Reef is Australia's premier tourist destination and included in the World Heritage List in recognition of its unique physical attributes. It is a location where tourists are strongly encouraged to look rather than touch. Even footprints are forbidden or washed away in this marine environment. But what have we lost in our experiences of the environment? This paper examines sensuous knowledge in visitor understanding and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef through the twentieth century, and considers how a diminished sense of touch can lead to a loss of place in contemporary tourist experiences.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Sensorial Investigations is a research forum supporting advanced inquiry in sensory studies. It features occasional essays and exchanges on selected topics. Copyright 2010 The author. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 03:55
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: senses; landscape; tactile; haptic; sensory anthropology; Great Barrier Reef; visitors; tourists
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22339

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