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Southern attraction, southern attractions: a photographic essay

Southern attraction, southern attractions: a photographic essay Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the ways various tourist attractions in the American South are presented to and experienced by tourists. Design/methodology/approach – A sequence of photographs, made at tourist attractions across the south, is presented. Accompanying each photograph is a paragraph‐length text that draws from and expands upon information available in the visual image. In these texts, various observations about tourism in the south are made. Findings – The paper comments upon the tourist experience in the south and highlights the central roles of historical tourism, heritage tourism, civil rights tourism, and cultural tourism. Highlights the problematic nature of packaging the region's sometimes troublesome past for tourist consumption. Research limitations/implications – Because the findings are grounded in photographs made by the author, they are inherently “anecdotal” in character. Originality/value – This original photographic essay shows and comments upon a wide variety of experiences available to tourists in the American South. It cautions against trying to make the southern past more palatable to tourists by glossing over unpleasant historical facts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1750-6182
DOI
10.1108/17506180810880683
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the ways various tourist attractions in the American South are presented to and experienced by tourists. Design/methodology/approach – A sequence of photographs, made at tourist attractions across the south, is presented. Accompanying each photograph is a paragraph‐length text that draws from and expands upon information available in the visual image. In these texts, various observations about tourism in the south are made. Findings – The paper comments upon the tourist experience in the south and highlights the central roles of historical tourism, heritage tourism, civil rights tourism, and cultural tourism. Highlights the problematic nature of packaging the region's sometimes troublesome past for tourist consumption. Research limitations/implications – Because the findings are grounded in photographs made by the author, they are inherently “anecdotal” in character. Originality/value – This original photographic essay shows and comments upon a wide variety of experiences available to tourists in the American South. It cautions against trying to make the southern past more palatable to tourists by glossing over unpleasant historical facts.

Journal

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 6, 2008

Keywords: Culture; Tourism; Photography; United States of America

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