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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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Oxbow says: Subtitled Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island , this book examines the 'packaging' of Minoan Crete by the government and tourist agencies, and the perception/reception of the past by tourists visiting the island. Duke argues that, through archaeological sites, museums and other tourist information, the cultural heritage is being exploited and fed to tourists in the form of a singular, monolithic vision of the past - 'a diet of glorious Minoan monarchy with lavish palaces, beautiful frescoes, and a peacful and happy populace'. This study explores what impact this has on the cultural heritage and people of Crete, examines the political and historical agendas that are running, and discusses how these issues are not unique to this Greek island. This is the first book in a new series dedicated to Heritage, Tourism and Community .

"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