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The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance : Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island - Philip Duke

The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance

Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island

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Published: 21st April 2010
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As researchers bring their analytic skills to bear on contemporary archaeological tourism, they find that it is as much about the present as the past. Philip Duke's study of tourists gazing at the remains of Bronze Age Crete highlights this nexus between past and present, between exotic and mundane. Using personal diaries, ethnographic interviews, site guidebooks, and tourist brochures, Duke helps us understand the impact that archaeological sites, museums and the constructed past have on tourists' view of their own culture, how it legitimizes class inequality at home as well as on the island of Crete, both Minoan and modern.

"As a work of applied archaeological ethnography Duke marvelously negotiates his way between the subjective and objective. His inclusion of selected diary notes, tables analyzing tourist facilities, and guidebooks at more than a dozen sites is highly original and establishes new worthwhile methodologies for this kind of study. His comparative discussion of market-oriented cultural heritage exploitation and socially-focused and community-owned heritage use raises issues that should be considered by all parties involved with archaeological sites and tourism. This group includes archaeologists who can not and mustnot ignore the political and social ramifications of their work." From the Foreword by Helaine Silverman, University of Illinois 'This short book offers both professional and gnereal readers a perspective that, while debated in archaeological circles, has received minimal attention in other venues. What some have termed the archaeology of the contemporary past is as much about the present as it is about antiquity. In this topical and appealing book, [Duke] explores the wide range of political, cultural, and ethical issues that are at play in all archaeological endeavors. Summing up: Recommended.' CHOICE

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 13
Touring the Pastp. 21
The Minoan Pastp. 33
Tourists and the Constructed Pastp. 57
Modern Crete, Ancient Minoans, and the Tourist Experiencep. 67
Constructing a Prehistoryp. 93
The Nexus of the Pastp. 119
References Citedp. 123
Appendixp. 145
Indexp. 153
About the Authorp. 155
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ISBN: 9781598741438
ISBN-10: 1598741438
Series: Heritage, Tourism and Community
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 21st April 2010
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.37  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.27