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Authentic New Orleans: Tourism, Culture, and Race in the Big Easy / Edition 1
     

Authentic New Orleans: Tourism, Culture, and Race in the Big Easy / Edition 1

by Kevin Fox Gotham
 

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ISBN-10: 0814731864

ISBN-13: 2900814731863

Pub. Date: 12/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Mardi Gras, jazz, voodoo, gumbo, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter-all evoke that place that is unlike any other: New Orleans. In Authentic New Orleans, Kevin Fox Gotham explains how New Orleans became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, a spectacular locale known as much for its excesses as for its quirky Southern charm. This important

Overview

Mardi Gras, jazz, voodoo, gumbo, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter-all evoke that place that is unlike any other: New Orleans. In Authentic New Orleans, Kevin Fox Gotham explains how New Orleans became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, a spectacular locale known as much for its excesses as for its quirky Southern charm. This important volume tells the story of how New Orleans came to be a tourist town and how, even in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it remains a truly unique American city.

About the Author:
Kevin Fox Gotham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tulane University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814731863
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction: Authentic New Orleans     1
Processions and Parades: Carnival Krewes and the Development of Modern Mardi Gras     22
"Of Incomprehensible Magnitude and Bewildering Variety": The 1884 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition     45
Authenticity in Black and White: The Rise of Tourism in the Twentieth Century     69
Boosting the Big Easy: New Orleans Goes Global     95
From a Culture of Tourism to a Touristic Culture: The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and the Holy Trinity of New Orleans Tourism     116
A Repertoire of Authenticity: Contested Space and Transformation of the French Quarter     142
"The Greatest Free Show on Earth": Intimations and Antinomies of Commodification and Carnival     169
Conclusion: The Future of New Orleans     197
Notes     213
Selected Bibliography     255
Index     271
About the Author     281

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