The examination of social memory and heritage tourism has grown considerably over the past few decades as scholars have critically re-examined the relationships between past memories and present actions at international, national, and local scales. Methodological innovation and reflection have accompanied theoretical advances as researchers strive to understand representations, experiences, thoughts, emotions and identities of the various actors involved in the reproduction of social memory and heritage landscapes.

Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Methodologies describes and demonstrates innovations – including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches – for analysing the process and politics of remembering and touring the past through place. An introductory chapter looks at the history of social memory and heritage tourism research and the particular challenges posed by these fields of study. In subsequent chapters, the reader is lead through the varying methodologies employed by presenting them in the context of an in-depth case study from range of geographical locations. The resulting volume showcases innovative research in social memory and heritage tourism and provides the reader with insights into how they can successfully conduct their own research while avoiding common pitfalls.

This title will be useful reading for scholars, professionals and students in tourism, geography, anthropology and museum studies who are preparing to conduct research on the reproduction of social memory in particular landscapes and places or are interested in investigating heritage tourism practices and representations.

chapter |11 pages


ByAmy E. Potter, E. Arnold Modlin

part 1|55 pages

Digital sources and methods

chapter 1|16 pages

“Don't forget”

Social memory in travel blogs from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
ByVelvet Nelson

chapter 2|17 pages

Webwashing the tourism plantation

Using historic websites to view changes in the representation of slavery at tourism plantations
ByCandace Forbes Bright, David L. Butler

chapter 3|20 pages

Virtual ethnography

Placing emotional geographies via YouTube
ByPerry Carter

part 2|82 pages

Participatory approaches

chapter 4|21 pages

Historic landscapes as cooperative animation

Exploring networks of memory with photographic methods
ByRonald L. Schumann

chapter 5|17 pages

Is this how you pictured it?

Using photo elicitation as a methodological tool
ByStefanie Benjamin

chapter 6|20 pages

The commons as a tourist commodity

Mapping memories and changing sense of place on the island of Barbuda
ByAmy E. Potter

chapter 7|22 pages

Participatory methodologies in social memory

Visualizing life histories for the right to the city in Bogotá, Colombia
ByAmy E. Ritterbusch

part 3|80 pages

New takes on familiar methods

chapter 8|17 pages

Musicscapes of heritage and memory

Researching the musical construction of place
ByJohn C. Finn

chapter 9|19 pages

A market or “a relic of barbarism?”

Toward a more inclusive analysis of social memory on postcards
ByModlin E. Arnold

chapter 10|21 pages

Seeing the past in the present through archives and the landscape

ByChris W. Post

chapter 11|21 pages

Reading the commemorative landscape with a qualitative GIS

ByStephen P. Hanna, E. Fariss Hodder

chapter |7 pages


ByDerek H. Alderman