Locating Imagination in Popular Culture offers a multi-disciplinary account of the ways in which popular culture, tourism and notions of place intertwine in an environment characterized by ongoing processes of globalization, digitization and an increasingly ubiquitous nature of multi-media.

Centred around the concept of imagination, the authors demonstrate how popular culture and media are becoming increasingly important in the ways in which places and localities are imagined, and how they also subsequently stimulate a desire to visit the actual places in which people’s favourite stories are set. With examples drawn from around the globe, the book offers a unique study of the role of narratives conveyed through media in stimulating and reflecting desire in tourism.

This book will have appeal in a wide variety of academic disciplines, ranging from media and cultural studies to fan- and tourism studies, cultural geography, literary studies and cultural sociology.

chapter |16 pages


Locating imagination in popular culture: place, tourism, and belonging1
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part I|79 pages

Theorizing the imagination

chapter 1|15 pages

Imaginative heritage

Towards a holistic perspective on media, tourism, and governance1
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chapter 2|17 pages

The open-ended ruin

Imaginative authenticity as a driver of alternative tourism
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chapter 4|17 pages

I just can’t get you out of my head

How music triggers the imagination
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part II|83 pages

Mediating place

chapter 6|19 pages

Screening the west coast

Developing New Nordic Noir tourism in Denmark and using the actual places as full-scale visual mood boards for the scriptwriting process
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chapter 8|17 pages

Following Oshin and Amachan

Film tourism and nation branding in the analogue and digital ages
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chapter 9|15 pages

Touring the videogame city

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chapter 10|14 pages

Locating the literary imagination

Broadening the scope of literary tourism
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part III|63 pages

Being there

chapter 11|17 pages

Toy tourism

From Travel Bugs to characters with wanderlust
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chapter 12|15 pages

On (be)longing

The Der Bergdoktor phenomenon at the European cultural periphery
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chapter 13|15 pages

Live event-spaces

Place and space in the mediatized experience of events
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chapter 14|14 pages

Fans and fams

Experience and belonging aboard a cruise ship music festival
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part IV|67 pages

Returning home

chapter 15|18 pages

Strange spaces of mediated memory

The complicating influence of Roots on heritage tourism in The Gambia, West Africa
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chapter 17|14 pages

Placing fandom

Reflections on film tourism
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