Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage / Edition 1

Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage / Edition 1

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by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520209664

ISBN-13: 9780520209664

Pub. Date: 09/05/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

Destination Culture takes the reader on an eye-opening journey from ethnological artifacts to kitsch. Posing the question, "What does it mean to show?" Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explores the agency of display in a variety of settings: museums, festivals, world's fairs, historical re-creations, memorials, and tourist attractions. She talks about how objects‹and…  See more details below

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Destination Culture takes the reader on an eye-opening journey from ethnological artifacts to kitsch. Posing the question, "What does it mean to show?" Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett explores the agency of display in a variety of settings: museums, festivals, world's fairs, historical re-creations, memorials, and tourist attractions. She talks about how objects‹and people‹are made to "perform" their meaning for us by the very fact of being collected and exhibited, and about how specific techniques of display, not just the things shown, convey powerful messages. Her engaging analysis shows how museums compete with tourism in the production of "heritage." To make themselves profitable, museums are marketing themselves as tourist attractions. To make locations into destinations, tourism is staging the world as a museum of itself. Both promise to deliver heritage. Although heritage is marketed as something old, she argues that heritage is actually a new mode of cultural production that gives a second life to dying ways of life, economies, and places. The book concludes with a lively commentary on the "good taste/bad taste" debate in the ephemeral "museum of the life world," where everyone is a curator of sorts and the process of converting life into heritage begins.

Author Biography: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Professor of Performance Studies and of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209664
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/05/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311
Sales rank:
680,015
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Agency of Display
Objects of Ethnography17
Exhibiting Jews79
Pt. 2A Second Life as Heritage
Destination Museum131
Ellis Island177
Plimoth Plantation189
Pt. 3Undoing the Ethnographic
Confusing Pleasures203
Secrets of Encounter249
Pt. 4Circulating Value
Disputing Taste259
Notes
Index

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