December 27, 2008

Tourism: Zoos

A few years back I was going to zoos a lot and taking photographs like this. That was right around the time (maybe 2002) that I switched my major from photography to anthropology. I was often wondering what people were seeking when they went to zoos to see the animals on display. Were they looking to learn something new, or simply to reaffirm the ideas that they already had about the world? What "ideas of society" (see the MacCannell quote just before this post) are generated by the collective social act of visiting zoos?

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