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Tour Guide Walking and Talking New York

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ISBN-10: 0226919064

ISBN-13: 9780226919065

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jonathan R. Wynn

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Everyone wants to visit New York at least once. The Big Apple is a global tourist destination with a dizzying array of attractions throughout the five boroughs. The only problem is figuring out where to startand that's where the city's tour guides come in. These guides are a vital part of New York's raucous sidewalk culture, and, asThe Tour Guidereveals, the tours they offer are as fascinatingly diverseand eccentricas the city itself. Visitors can take tours that cover Manhattan before the arrival of European settlers, the nineteenth-century Irish gangs of Five Points, the culinary traditions of Queens, the culture of Harlem, or even the surveillance cameras of Chelseain short, there are tours to satisfy anyone's curiosity about the city's past or present. And the guides are as intriguing as the subjects, we learn, as Jonathan R. Wynn explores the lives of the people behind the tours, introducing us to office workers looking for a diversion from their desk jobs, unemployed actors honing their vocal skills, and struggling retirees searching for a second calling. Matching years of research with his own experiences as a guide, Wynn also lays bare the grueling process of acquiring an official license and offers a how-to guide to designing and leading a tour. Touching on the long history of tour-giving across the globe as well as the ups and downs of New York's tour guide industry in the wake of 9/11,The Tour Guideis as informative and insightful as the chatty, charming, and colorful characters at its heart.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Jonathan R. Wynn teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: City Murals
Characters in the Crowds, Offering New York "Like a Native"
The Work of Walking
The Walking Guide, the City, and This Book
The Guiding World
From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Statue of Liberty
The Rise of New York Guiding
"There Are Many Guides, and Only One Test"
Seven Tensions
An Untidy Career
After the Rush
Deciding to "Make a Go of It": Getting into Guiding
Working as a Guide
Harmonizing Work, and Other Rationales
Beyond the Sidewalk
The Guide-Centered Working Ecology
Guiding Relations
Connecting with Other Guides
Wrangling, Promoting, Connecting: Working with Organizations
"... But They Also Use Our Name to Market Themselves"
Shticks of the Trade
"We Change Our Environment"
Routemaking
Eight Storytelling Tricks
"Walking Is about Your Senses... It's about Experiencing"
Entertaining identities
Working with an Audience
Interacting with Common Tourist Types
Negotiating Edutainment
"They Expect You as the Product as Well"
Situational Identities and Symbolic Armor
Re-Keying the City
Neighborhood Narratives and Urban Cultures
"I Don't Own the Neighborhood ..."
A Different Kind of Tourism: "Teaching the Stuff That Tourists Don't Even Know That They Want to Know"
"Learning 'The Connect'": Tours and Street Intellectualism
Urban Alchemists
The Transmutation of the City
"It's a Charming Story, and I Couch It That Way": Shifting the Cultural Ground
"Do You Want to Come In and See My House?" Spontaneity and the City
"I Tell Them How to Dress": Transforming the Visitor into a Local and a Local into a Tourist
Ghosts in the Machine
Quizzes, Tests, and Dissertations Locating Research, Locating Researcher How I Ended Up Giving a Walking Tour The Walking Guide and the Graduate Student
Cast of Characters
Catalogue of Tours Taken
Notes
Bibliography
Index