On Interpretation: Sociology for Interpreters of Natural and Cultural History / Edition 1

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Widely used by the National Park Service and other organizations to train interpreters and other recreational professionals, this book shows how interpretation and sociology can be useful partners. Includes essays on cultural diversity in the U.S., gender-bias in museums, interpreting war and peace, eco-tourism, and other topics.
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Revised and expanded text-reference (first published in 1984) on the application of an interpretive, Weberian sociology to benefit the interpretation service offered to visitors of parks, wildlife refuges, museums, zoos, aquariums, and other such leisure places. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870713651
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sect. I Toward Theory and Technique
Visitor Groups and Interpretation in Parks and Other Outdoor Leisure Settings (1973) 11
Alternative Strategies for Studying Recreationists (1977) 24
Ethnography as a Research Tool in Understanding Park Visitors (1983) 44
Solving Park Problems: Developing a Social Science Research Plan (1984) 56
Sect. II Case Studies
Getting Connected: An Approach to Children's Interpretation (1974) 65
The Social Organization of Family Camping: Implications for Interpretation (1975) 75
Interpretation for the Elderly (1978) 88
A Sociological Look at the Japanese Tourist (1981) 96
Cruise Ship Travelers to Alaska (1981) 115
Monster Time and Other Ethnographic Insights at Wupatki National Monument (1989) 129
Children and Gender-Based Behavior at a Science Museum (1990) 150
Interpretation and Hispanic American Ethnicity (1991) 161
Little Darwins: A Profile of Visitors to the Galapagos Islands (1991) 178
Sect. III Essays
Red, White, and Black in the National Parks (1973) 195
Some Radical Comments on Interpretation: A Little Heresy is Good for the Soul (1977) 206
Interpretation in an Urban Society (1981) 212
Thoughts on a New Interpretation (1985) 225
Interpreting War and Peace (1985) 235
The Devil's Work in God's Country: Politics and Interpretation in the 1990s (1989) 245
Crossing Borders and Rethinking a Craft--Interpretation in Developing Countries (1991) 251
Conclusion 275
References Cited 284
Index 303
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