The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance: Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island

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Overview

As researchers bring their analytic skills to bear on contemporary archaeological tourism, they find that it is as much about the present as the past. Philip Duke’s study of tourists gazing at the remains of Bronze Age Crete highlights this nexus between past and present, between exotic and mundane. Using personal diaries, ethnographic interviews, site guidebooks, and tourist brochures, Duke helps us understand the impact that archaeological sites, museums and the constructed past have on tourists’ view of their own culture, how it legitimizes class inequality at home as well as on the island of Crete, both Minoan and modern.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598741438
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Series: Heritage, Tourism and Community Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Duke is professor of anthropology at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, where he has taught since 1980. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Until recently, his professional work has been conducted on the archaeology of western North America, about which he has written Points in Time: Structure and Event in a Late Northern Plains Hunting Society. He is co-editor of Beyond Subsistence: Plains Archaeology and the Postprocessual Critique and of Archaeology and Capitalism: From Ethics to Politics . His research specialties include public archaeology and repatriation issues. He also works with the Ludlow Collective at the archaeological site of the 1914 Ludlow massacre near Trinidad, Colorado.

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Table of Contents


Preface     9
Introduction     13
Touring the Past     21
The Minoan Past     33
Tourists and the Constructed Past     57
Modern Crete, Ancient Minoans, and the Tourist Experience     67
Constructing a Prehistory     93
The Nexus of the Past     119
References Cited     123
Appendix     145
Index     153
About the Author     155
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