BOOKS RECEIVED: Smith, Messenger, and Soderland, eds., “Heritage Values in Contemporary Society” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
What do we value about the past? In formulating policies about heritage preservation, that is the inevitable question, and deals not only with economic value but also the intangible value to individuals, communities and society as a whole. This interdisciplinary… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Bitgood, “Attention and Value: Keys to Understanding Museum Visitors” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
How can museums capture visitors attention? And how can their attention be sustained? In this important volume, leading visitor researcher and educational psychologist Stephen Bitgood proposes a model―the attention-value model―that will help museum practitioners create more effective museum environments. A… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert J. Shepherd, “Faith in Heritage: Displacement, Development, and Religious Tourism in Contemporary China” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
Using the example of Chinas Wutai Shan―recently designated both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a national park―Robert J. Shepherd analyzes Chinese applications of western notions of heritage management within a non-western framework. What does the concept of world heritage… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Frank B. Wilderson, “Red, White and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms” (Duke UP, 2010)
Red, White & Black is a provocative critique of socially engaged films and related critical discourse. Offering an unflinching account of race and representation, Frank B. Wilderson III asks whether such films accurately represent the structure of U.S. racial antagonisms.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Michele Hanks, “Haunted Heritage: The Cultural Politics of Ghost Tourism, Populism, and the Past” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
Haunted Heritage is a fascinating scholarly examination of the dynamics of ghost or paranormal tourism. Michele Hanks explores how this phenomenon allows for the re-articulation and re-configuring of ideas of heritage, epistemic authority, nation, and belonging. Drawing on long-term ethnographic… Read More
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