Heritage That Hurts: Tourists in the Memoryscapes of September 11

1st Edition

Joy Sather-Wagstaff

Routledge
Published February 1, 2011
Reference - 243 Pages
ISBN 9781598745443 - CAT# Y287111
Series: Heritage, Tourism, and Community

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Summary

Memorial sites, sites of “dark tourism,” are vernacular spaces that are continuously negotiated, constructed, and reconstructed into meaningful places. Using the locale of the 9/11 tragedy, Joy Sather-Wagstaff explores the constructive role played by tourists in understanding social, political, and emotional impacts of a violent event that has ramifications far beyond the local population. Through in-depth interviews, photographs, graffiti, even souvenirs, she compares the 9/11 memorial with other hurtful sites—the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and others—to show how tourists construct and disperse knowledge through performative activities, which make painful places salient and meaningful both individually and collectively.

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