Authenticity in North America: Place, Tourism, Heritage, Culture and the Popular Imagination

1st Edition

Jane Lovell, Sam Hitchmough

December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 14 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138341319 - CAT# K394216
Series: Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

was $155.00


SAVE ~$31.00

Availabe for Pre-Order. This item will ship after December 20, 2019
Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!


This interdisciplinary book addresses the highly relevant debates about authenticity in North America, providing a contemporary re-examination of American culture, tourism and commodification of place.

Blending social sciences and humanities research skills, it formulates an examination of the geography of authenticity in North America, and brings together studies of both rurality and urbanity across the country, exposing the many commonalities of these different landscapes. Relph stated that nostalgic places are inauthentic, yet within this work several chapters explore how festivals and visitor attractions, which cultivate place heritage appeal, are authenticated by tourists and communities, creating a shared sense of belonging. In a world of hyperreal simulacra, post-truth and fake news, this book bucks the trend by demonstrating that authenticity can be found everywhere: in a mouthful of food, in a few bars of a Beach Boys song, in a statue of a troll, in a diffuse magical atmosphere, in the weirdness of the ungentrified streets.

Written by a range of leading experts, this book offers a contemporary view of American authenticity, tourism, identity and culture. It will be of great interest to upper level students, researchers and academics in Tourism, Geography, History, Cultural Studies, American Studies and Film Studies.

Share this Title