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Popculture tourism. A research manifesto

Chapter in book
Authors Szilvia Gyimóthy
Christine Lundberg
Kristina Lindström
Maria Lexhagen
Mia Larson
Published in Tourism Research Frontiers: Beyond the boundaries of knowledge
Pages 14
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, West Yorkshire
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Pages 14
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1571-5043201500...
Keywords Tourism, Popculture
Subject categories Other Social Sciences

Abstract

Tourism in the wake of films, literature, and music is gaining interest among academics and practitioners alike. Despite the significance of converging tourism and media production and popcultural consumption, theorizing in this field is weak. This chapter explores complex relationships among popcultural phenomena, destination image creation, and tourism consumption. By taking a broader social science approach, it revisits and connects research themes, such as symbolic consumption, negotiated representations, fans and fandom, technology mediation, and media convergence. The chapter concludes with an integrative model, or “popcultural placemaking loop,” which is qualified through six propositions. Keywords: Popular culture; mediatized tourism; fan cultures; destination development; placemaking

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