The tourist gaze in travel documentaries: The case of Cannibal Tours

Wei-Jue Huang, Byeong Cheol Lee

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When tourists go sightseeing, they see more than just sights. This study examined the diverse gazes in the context of tourism from two existing frameworks-the Foucauldian and Lacanian notion of the gaze. A qualitative case study on the documentary Cannibal Tours (1988) was conducted to unravel the complexities of the tourist gaze and validate the concept of the gaze within theoretical frameworks. This film provided ample visual evidence of the gaze in tourism settings, illustrating the existence and mechanism of the tourist gaze, the local gaze, and the second gaze. Analysis of this film generated a better understanding of the structure and psychology of the gaze within the dynamic interactions between tourists and locals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-259
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cannibal Tours
  • Local gaze
  • Tourist gaze

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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