This essay, based on six months of participant observation fieldwork at Masada National Park, offers an experimental tour of the site. The main text is an amalgamation of Youth Israel Experience Tours while the footnotes serve as a dialectical response, commenting on and critiquing the tour structure and post-tourist practice. This essay suggests that the meaning and significance of place, particularly while on tour, is found in the relationship between tourists more so than in the mythical stories told about the site.
Ariel Gratch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia College. He would like to thank Eitan Campbell and the Israeli Parks Authority for providing him access to Masada National Park. He would also like to thank Sohinee Roy and Stacy Holman Jones for their editorial work and the anonymous reviewers for their feedback. Correspondence to: Ariel Gratch, Department of Communication, Georgia College, 219 Beeson Hall, Campus Box 32, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Ariel Gratch; A Path to Masada: Guided by a Listening Eye. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2018; 7 (1): 53–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.1.53
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