Space tourism, capital, and identity

James Ormrod, Peter Dickens

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Space tourism is a rapidly growing sector of capital accumulation. As virtually all space on the Earth has been humanized and populated, outer space is being made by elite groups into the new exotic destination of choice. But the humanization of outer space also reinforces an ancient and powerful worldview concerning society’s relations with the cosmos. It relies on the idea that outer space is an apparently pure and serene “other” place offering a profound sense of awe, wonder, and renewed identity. This hegemonic view of the cosmos and society is a product of a new dominant social bloc, one incorporating pro-space activists, the aerospace industry, the tourism industry, and governments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Tourism
Subtitle of host publicationThe elusive dream
EditorsErik Cohen, Sam Spector
ISBN (Print)9781789734966
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameTourism Social Science Series


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