Cultural political economy and urban heritage tourism

SU, Rui, BRAMWELL, Bill and WHALLEY, Peter (2017). Cultural political economy and urban heritage tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 68, 30-40.

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The paper explains a cultural political economy “framing” for interpreting heritage tourism in urban contexts. Key ideas behind this research perspective are explained and illustrated through discussion of past research studies of urban heritage tourism. It is underpinned by a relational view of the inter-connectedness of societal relations, and an emphasis on taking seriously both the cultural/semiotic and the economic/political in the co-constitution of urban heritage tourism’s social practices and features. A case study of heritage tourism in Nanjing, China considers cultural political economy’s relevance and value, including the distinctive research questions it raises. It reveals, for example, how economic relations in the built environment were related to tourist meaning-making and identities in the cultural/semiotic sphere. Keywords: Heritage, urban, research framing, cultural political economy, meaning-making, representations.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
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Page Range: 30-40
Depositing User: Peter Whalley
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 14:05
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:21

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