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The Legacy of Mining: Visual Representations and Narrative Constructions of a Swedish Heritage Tourist Destination
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4919-4462
2011 (English)In: Tourism, Culture & Communication, ISSN 1098-304X, Vol. 11, no 1, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the marketing and management efforts that have been undertaken to make the Falun World Heritage Site a successful tourist destination in terms of hegemonic, visual representations and narrative constructions. Visual representation is assumed to be a vital aspect of the construction of narratives used to promote tourist destinations. The idea of a narrative as something that constructs sites as comprehensible places through visual representation can be used to illuminate the logic of heritage tourism and branding destinations. The paper argues that representations of a heritage site that are closely related to hegemonic ideas of the site’s history are not necessarily the most profitable ones. If the heritage site is to contribute to local development and tourism, it is essential to understand what the representations of heritage communicate. Using the Falun World Heritage Site as a case study, the article aims to show how the attraction of a site can be hindered by hegemonic assumptions of its history, and therefore of its most interesting and valuable aspects. Analyses of Falun’s marketing, as well as the site itself, show that the constructed hegemonic narratives about the Falun Mine primarily concern men, masculinity and nationalism. Visitors are offered an opportunity to take part through narratives of the Swedish Great Power Period, as constructed and experienced by male geniuses and male mineworkers. These are the stories that correspond to the hegemonic view of those who manage and market the site.

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New York, Sydney, Tokyo: Cognizant Communication Corporation, 2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 1-15 p.
Keyword [en]
Cultural heritage, Gender, Industrial heritage, Narrative constructions, Tourist destination, Visual representations
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Human Geography Media and Communications
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Kulturturism och malmbrytning sida vid sida? Gruvans produktionssystem i den regionala utvecklingen; Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4622DOI: 10.3727/109830411X13049571092589OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4622DiVA: diva2:520181
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2010-04-03 Created: 2010-04-03 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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