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Destination Culture Tourism, Museums and Heritage

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ISBN-10: 0520209664

ISBN-13: 9780520209664

Edition: 1998

Authors: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

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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,…    
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/5/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Agency of Display
Objects of Ethnography
Exhibiting Jews
A Second Life as Heritage
Destination Museum
Ellis Island
Plimoth Plantation
Undoing the Ethnographic
Confusing Pleasures
Secrets of Encounter
Circulating Value
Disputing Taste
Notes
Index