BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, “What Objects Mean: An Introduction to Material Culture” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Arthur Asa Berger, author of an array of texts in communication, popular culture, and social theory, is back with the second edition of his popular, user-friendly guide for students who want to understand the social meanings of objects. In this… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Bedford, “The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Leslie Bedford, former director of the highly regarded Bank Street College museum leadership program, expands the museum professional’s vision of exhibitions beyond the simple goal of transmitting knowledge to the visitor. Her view of exhibitions as interactive, emotional, embodied, imaginative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, ” Theorizing Tourism: Analyzing Iconic Destinations” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
A useful introduction to the critical study of tourism, this brief text applies semiotics and cultural theory to deal with some of our most iconic global destinations. It offers accessible analyses of 18 famous tourist locations from the Taj Mahal… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Nugent, “Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, and Ethnography” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
The Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive, the savior of the environment, and as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is an image… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Walker and Carr, eds., ” Tourism and Archaeology: Sustainable Meeting Grounds” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The global popularity and lucrative potential of tourism has made sustainability a major concern for archaeologists, site managers, politicians, local communities, tourism officials, and other stakeholders. This book establishes new, interdisciplinary ground for tourism and archaeology that will foster a… Read More
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