Authenticity in North America: place, tourism, heritage, culture and the popular imagination

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Lovell, J. Lovell, J. and Hitchmough, S. (ed.) 2019. Authenticity in North America: place, tourism, heritage, culture and the popular imagination. London Routledge.
AuthorsLovell, J.
EditorsLovell, J. and Hitchmough, S.
Abstract

This interdisciplinary book addresses the highly relevant debates about authenticity in North America, providing a contemporary re-examination of American culture, tourism and commodification of place.

Blending social sciences and humanities research skills, it formulates an examination of the geography of authenticity in North America, and brings together studies of both rurality and urbanity across the country, exposing the many commonalities of these different landscapes. Relph stated that nostalgic places are inauthentic, yet within this work several chapters explore how festivals and visitor attractions, which cultivate place heritage appeal, are authenticated by tourists and communities, creating a shared sense of belonging. In a world of hyperreal simulacra, post-truth and fake news, this book bucks the trend by demonstrating that authenticity can be found everywhere: in a mouthful of food, in a few bars of a Beach Boys song, in a statue of a troll, in a diffuse magical atmosphere, in the weirdness of the ungentrified streets.

Written by a range of leading experts, this book offers a contemporary view of American authenticity, tourism, identity and culture. It will be of great interest to upper-level students, researchers and academics in Tourism, Geography, History, Cultural Studies, American Studies and Film Studies.

KeywordsAmerican studies; tourism; heritage; experiences authenticity
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print02 Dec 2019
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Deposited16 Oct 2018
Accepted2019
Place of publicationLondon
EditionFirst
SeriesContemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
ISBN9781138341319
Related URLhttps://www.routledge.com/
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