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Heritage and the nation: an exploration of a discursive relationship.

Chambers, Donna (2004) Heritage and the nation: an exploration of a discursive relationship. Tourism Analysis, 9 (4). pp. 241-254. ISSN 1083-5423

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This conceptual article seeks to interrogate the relationship between heritage and the nation by utilizing some of the logics of a Foucauldian concept of discourse and that was subsequently developed by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. The article suggests that heritage and the nation might be perceived as discursive constructions that have been articulated together into a hegemonic discursive formation. This conceptualization of a discursively constructed heritage/nation relationship is important for tourism studies because in a postmodern, global era it is in and through tourism that this relationship is most readily apprehended. Indeed, such a conceptualization has implications for both the discourse and praxis of tourism. With regard to tourism discourse, this conceptual investigation can broaden the existing knowledge base in mainstream tourism studies insofar as it demonstrates the utility of adopting alternative methodologies in arriving at understanding of phenomena in tourism. With regard to tourism praxis, this conceptual investigation can open up understanding of those power/knowledge relationships at work in the representation of heritage in and through tourism and how this relates to a national concept. Such understanding can facilitate a rethinking of heritage construction for the tourism industry.


Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1083-5423
Electronic ISSN: 1943-3999
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage; nation; Foucault; Ernesto Laclau; Chantal Mouffe; tourism; industry; discourse; praxis;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 306 Culture & institutions
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 338 Production
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Item ID: 2061
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 May 2008 11:38
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 16:07
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2061

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