Re-investing Authenticity: Tourism, Place and Emotions
Re-investing Authenticity: Tourism, Place and Emotions is a book by Anne Marit Waade and Britta Timm Knudsen Dow that examines how authenticity is performed and felt in contemporary travel and tourism practices. The book challenges the conventional understanding of authenticity as a fixed and objective quality of places or cultures, and instead argues that authenticity is a surplus of experiential meaning and feeling that emerges from the interaction between tourists, hosts, media representations, and physical environments.
The book draws on a range of perspectives and cases from different disciplines, such as media studies, cultural studies, geography, anthropology, and sociology. It explores how various forms of media, such as films, television, guidebooks, websites, and social media, shape the expectations and experiences of authenticity in tourism. It also analyzes how tourism practices, such as heritage tourism, dark tourism, creative tourism, and volunteer tourism, involve different modes of performing and negotiating authenticity in relation to place, history, culture, identity, and emotions.
The book contributes to the ongoing debate on the role and value of authenticity in tourism and offers new insights into how authenticity can be re-invested as a meaningful and transformative concept for both tourists and hosts.The book has received positive reviews from various scholars and journals in the field of tourism and heritage studies. For example, David Crouch from the University of Derby praises the book for its \"rich and diverse\" collection of chapters that \"offer a range of ways to think about authenticity\" and its \"sensitive and insightful\" exploration of the emotional dimensions of tourism[^1^]. He also commends the book for its \"theoretical sophistication\" and \"empirical richness\" that make it a valuable contribution to the literature on tourism and place.
Another reviewer from Goodreads describes the book as a \"fascinating read\" that \"challenges the conventional understanding of authenticity as a fixed and objective quality of places or cultures\" and \"shows how authenticity is a dynamic and relational concept that emerges from the interaction between tourists, hosts, media representations, and physical environments\"[^3^]. The reviewer also appreciates the book's interdisciplinary approach and its use of various case studies from different regions and contexts.
The book is available for purchase online from various platforms, such as Amazon, De Gruyter, and Routledge. It is also accessible as an e-book or a PDF file from some academic libraries or websites. The book is suitable for researchers, students, and practitioners who are interested in the topics of authenticity, tourism, place, and emotions.The book consists of 16 chapters that are divided into four thematic sections: (1) Media and Mediation, (2) Intensity and Emotions, (3) The Arts and Culture, and (4) Heritage Tourism and Memory. Each section contains four chapters that explore different aspects of authenticity in relation to tourism, place, and emotions. The chapters are written by scholars from various disciplines and countries, such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Germany, Italy, Singapore, and Australia.
The first section, Media and Mediation, examines how media representations of places influence the expectations and experiences of authenticity in tourism. The chapters in this section analyze how films, television shows, guidebooks, websites, and social media shape the tourist gaze and the tourist performance of authenticity. The cases include the Globe Theatre in London, the crime fiction tourism in Ystad, the virtual tourism on Google Earth, and the mediated wilderness in Australia.
The second section, Intensity and Emotions, explores how tourism practices involve different modes of performing and negotiating authenticity in relation to place, history, culture, identity, and emotions. The chapters in this section discuss how tourists seek intense and emotional experiences of authenticity through various forms of tourism, such as dark tourism, creative tourism, volunteer tourism, and pilgrim tourism. The cases include the Holocaust sites in Berlin, the dance venues in Singapore, the ethnic minorities in China, and the religious journeys in Norway. ec8f644aee