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Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York (11 Edition)


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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#8212;and thatand#8217;s where the cityand#8217;s tour guides come in.

These guides are a vital part of New Yorkand#8217;s raucous sidewalk culture, and, as The Tour Guide reveals, the tours they offer are as fascinatingly diverseand#8212;and eccentricand#8212;as 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 Chelseaand#8212;in short, there are tours to satisfy anyoneand#8217;s curiosity about the cityand#8217;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 Yorkand#8217;s tour guide industry in the wake of 9/11, The Tour Guide is as informative and insightful as the chatty, charming, and colorful characters at its heart.

About the Author


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

Table of Contents


Introduction: City Murals

Characters in the Crowds, Offering New York and#8220;Like a Nativeand#8221;

The Work of Walking

The Walking Guide, the City, and This Book

One: The Guiding World

From the Colossus of Rhodes to the Statue of Liberty

The Rise of New York Guiding

and#8220;There Are Many Guides, and Only One Testand#8221;

Seven Tensions

Two: An Untidy Career

After the Rush

Deciding to and#8220;Make a Go of Itand#8221;: Getting into Guiding

Working as a Guide

Harmonizing Work, and Other Rationales

Beyond the Sidewalk

Three: The Guide-Centered Working Ecology

Guiding Relations

Connecting with Other Guides

Wrangling, Promoting, Connecting: Working with Organizations

and#8220; . . . But They Also Use Our Name to Market Themselvesand#8221;

Four: Shticks of the Trade

and#8220;We Change Our Environmentand#8221;


Eight Storytelling Tricks

and#8220;Walking Is about Your Senses . . . Itand#8217;s about Experiencingand#8221;

Five: Entertaining Identities

Working with an Audience

Interacting with Common Tourist Types

Negotiating Edutainment

and#8220;They Expect You as the Product as Welland#8221;

Situational Identities and Symbolic Armor

Six: Rekeying the City

Neighborhood Narratives and Urban Cultures

and#8220;I Donand#8217;t Own the Neighborhood . . . and#8221;

A Different Kind of Tourism: and#8220;Teaching the Stuff That Tourists Donand#8217;t Even Know That They Want to Knowand#8221;

and#8220;Learning and#8216;The Connectand#8217;and#8221;: Tours and Street Intellectualism

Seven: Urban Alchemists

The Transmutation of the City

and#8220;Itand#8217;s a Charming Story, and I Couch It That Wayand#8221;: Shifting the Cultural Ground

and#8220;Do You Want to Come In and See My House?and#8221; Spontaneity and the City

and#8220;I Tell Them How to Dress:and#8221; Transforming the Visitor into a Local and a Local into a Tourist

Ghosts in the Machine

Appendix A: Quizzes, Tests, and Dissertations

Locating Research, Locating Researcher

How I Ended Up Giving a Walking Tour

The Walking Guide and the Graduate Student

Appendix B: Cast of Characters

Appendix C: Catalogue of Tours Taken




Product Details

Wynn, Jonathan R.
University of Chicago Press
Wynn, Jonathan
Sociology - Urban
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries
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5 halftones, 9 line drawings
9 x 6 in

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