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Remembering New Yorker Anthropologist Edward M. Bruner

Anthropologist Edward Bruner was born in September 1924 in New York City, and attended Stuyvesant High School, which is a highly competitive, college-preparatory public high school requiring a rigorous entrance exam.

After World War II, he attended Ohio State University, where he met his wife, Elaine C. Bruner. Intending to transfer to Columbia University, he took a summer course with anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber and decided to switch to anthropology.

He completed his undergraduate anthropology degree at Ohio State University and did his graduate work at the University of Chicago.

He pass away on August 7, 2020 at the age of 95.

Today on his death anniversery let us remember him for his significant works.

Culture on Tour Ethnographies of Travel

Remembering New Yorker anthropologist Edward Bruner

Recruited to be a lecturer on a group tour of Indonesia, Edward M. Bruner decided to make the tourists aware of tourism itself. He photographed tourists photographing Indonesians, asking the group how they felt having their pictures taken without their permission. After a dance performance, Bruner explained to the group that the exhibition was not traditional, but instead had been set up specifically for tourists.

His efforts to induce reflexivity led to conflict with the tour company, which wanted the displays to be viewed as replicas of culture and to remain unexamined. Although Bruner was eventually fired, the experience became part of a sustained exploration of tourist performances, narratives, and practices.

Synthesizing more than twenty years of research in cultural tourism, Culture on Tour analyzes a remarkable variety of tourist productions, ranging from safari excursions in Kenya and dance dramas in Bali to an Abraham Lincoln heritage site in Illinois.

Bruner examines each site in all its particularity, taking account of global and local factors, as well as the multiple perspectives of the various actors—the tourists, the producers, the locals, and even the anthropologist himself. The collection will be essential to those in the field as well as to readers interested in globalization and travel.

The Anthropology of Experience

Fourteen authors, including many of the best-known scholars in the field, explore how people actually experience their culture and how those experiences are expressed in forms as varied as narrative, literary work, theater, carnival, ritual, reminiscence, and life review.

Their studies will be of special interest for anyone working in anthropological theory, symbolic anthropology, and contemporary social and cultural anthropology, and useful as well for other social scientists, folklorists, literary theorists, and philosophers.

The Ethnography of Tourism

**Winner of the 2020 Edward Bruner Prize from the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group**

What does it mean to study tourism ethnographically? How has the ethnography of tourism changed from the 1970s to today? What theories, themes, and concepts drive contemporary research? Thirteen leading anthropologists of tourism address these questions and provide a critical introduction to the state of the art.

Focusing on the experience-near, interpretive-humanistic approach to tourism studies widely associated with anthropologist Edward Bruner, the contributors draw on their fieldwork to illustrate and build upon key concepts in tourism ethnography, from experience, encounter, and emergent culture to authenticity, narrative, contested sites, the borderzone, embodiment, identity, and mobility.

With its comprehensive introductory chapter, keyword-based organization, and engaging style, The Ethnography of Tourism will appeal to anthropology and tourism studies students, as well as to scholars in both fields and beyond.

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