Anthropology 84, Section 2

Tourism, Art and Heritage (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Nelson Graburn
Friday 2:00-4:00, 219 Kroeber Hall, Class number: 22669

The course focuses on anthropological approaches to the two main topics: tourism and heritage. Tourism is a form of secular ritual involving travel, commonly associated with modernity; there is a close relationship between tourism and pilgrimage. Heritage includes tangible and intangible parts of culture, especially forms of art, consciously preserved from the past, often for tourism. The class will focus on the student’s own experiences with family heritage and social rituals, arts and travel experiences, in relation to ideas discussed in class and in the readings. Students will be expected to attend events of the Tourism Studies Working Group (some Friday evenings) at least four times a term and join the group for dinner afterwards; these topics can be discussed in class.

Instructor Bio

Nelson Graburn was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge (1958). He attended McGill (MA 1960) and University of Chicago (PhD 1963). After a postdoc at Northwestern, researching Inuit-Naskapi/Cree identities (1963-64), he was hired at U C Berkeley. He has taught the anthropology of kinship, art, and tourism, and about Inuit and Japan. He has held visiting positions in Canada, France, UK, Japan, and Brazil and has lectured at thirty universities in China. He has lived in 22 Inuit communities (1959-2010) in the Arctic, researching kinship, cultural change, art and identity, and has carried out research on domestic tourism, multiculturalism and heritage in Japan (since 1974) and China (since 1991). Among his books are Ethnic and Tourist Arts (1976); Japanese Domestic Tourism (1983); The Anthropology of Tourism (1983); Multiculturalism in the New Japan (2008); 旅游人类学论文集 [Anthropology in the Age of Tourism] (2009); Exploring Ethnicity and the State through Tourism in East Asia (2011) and Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches (2014).


Particularly suitable for students with minority, cross-cultural and mixed identity, and those who have traveled or lived elsewhere or are willing to explore the world and themselves. For questions, please email