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Tom VanderbiltA provocative field guide for a time when history is a cable channel and we are all, even at home, beginning to feel like tourists.
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.
|List of Illustrations|
|Pt. 1||The Agency of Display|
|Objects of Ethnography||17|
|Pt. 2||A Second Life as Heritage|
|Pt. 3||Undoing the Ethnographic|
|Secrets of Encounter||249|
|Pt. 4||Circulating Value|
Posted September 16, 2010
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