Heritage, Tourism and Experience at GettysburgHeritage, Tourism and Experience at Gettysburg

Heritage, Tourism and Experience at Gettysburg
Author : Mads Daugbjerg
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 208
Release : 2016-10-28
ISBN 10 : 1472448693
ISBN 13 : 9781472448699
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


To have an âe~experienceâe(tm) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the famous Civil War battlefield, has taken on a range of new meanings in recent years. Almost instantly after the smoke had cleared following the battle in 1863, the field was transformed into an iconic site of memory and an emblem of American patriotism. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in and around the alleged âe~hallowed groundâe(tm) of Gettysburg, this book explores the experiential landscapes and âe~sensescapesâe(tm), examining the powerful appeal of the idea of a personal and historical âe~experienceâe(tm) and its relations with paradigms of memory, heritage, and patriotism. Using empirical research to ground these often abstract and vague concepts and the ways in which they are translated into human and social practice, TITLE uses the notion of the âe~Gettysburg experienceâe(tm) to scrutinize the processes through which the term âe~experienceâe(tm) itself takes on, a range of different and contrasting meanings, as exemplified by experiences of the federal National Park Service and its âe~battlefield rehabilitationâe(tm) programme, battle re-enactors seeking a bodily, first-person perspective on the fog of war, and practitioners of the paranormal: ghost hunters who aim to connect with the war dead through techniques and media wholly foreign to âe~normalâe(tm) regimes of commemoration. A rigorous and richly illustrated study of memory and meaning in the search for experience, this book will appeal to scholars of sociology, geography and anthropology with interests in heritage, memory and collective remembrance.

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