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Journal of Heritage Tourism praises "innovative" monograph

posted Dec 6, 2010, 8:14 PM by Michael Di Giovine   [ updated Dec 6, 2010, 8:43 PM ]
Calling Di Giovine's The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism an "innovative ethnography," a new review from the Journal of Heritage Tourism directs readers' attention to his theory of the dual "field of heritage production" and "field of touristic production" that overlap at World Heritage sites. "This book is a substantial monograph concerned with the interface between heritage and tourism," the reviewer, Chin-Ee Ong at Macao's Institute for Tourism Studies, writes. "Using his position as a travel agency operator, Di Giovine's work is successful in bringing to the fore the contingent, negotiated, and at times marginalising nature of World Heritage and mass tourism that happens in World Heritage sites in Southeast Asia. Of significance is his observation of the work of UNESCO beyond a designatory or list-making regime, and as a global ordering and placemaking process aimed at creating a peaceful transnational cultural utopia. ... All in all, this is an exciting contribution to the field of heritage and tourism studies."