Tourism and Memories of Home Migrants, Displaced People, Exiles and Diasporic Communities Edited by: Sabine Marschall

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03 Feb 2017
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This book investigates ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ as destinations of touristic journeys and adds to recent scholarly interest in the intersection between tourism and migration. It covers the temporary visits and journeys in search of home and homelands by migrants, displaced people, exiles and diasporic communities in a wide range of different geographical and historical contexts. Personal and collective forms of memory are shown to play a key role in the motivation for, and experience of, such journeys. The volume contributes to the investigation of the tourism–memory nexus as it conceptualizes memory as underpinning touristic mobility, experience and performativity.  Based on ethnographic case studies and other types of qualitative empirical research, the chapters of this book foreground individual touristic experiences, emotions, memories, perceptions, the search for identity and a sense of belonging. The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of tourism, heritage, anthropology, identity studies, memory studies and migration/diaspora studies.


Curiosity or yearning for 'home' is the theme of this rich collection of essays on the links between tourism, memory, and cultural identity. Germans visiting pre-1945 birthplaces, Israelis touring family sites from pre-Holocaust Europe, Palestinians viewing pre-1948 villages, African-Americans exploring origins in Ghana, all exemplify commonalities in roots tourism. All, however, plus other cases in this deeply moving book, express different senses of homeland and loss.

- Bertram M. Gordon, Mills College, USA

Rich in evocative case studies from around the globe, Marschall’s collection charts a course through diverse fields of study (tourism, migration, mobility, transnationalism, globalisation), and breaks new ground in updating and extending conceptualisations of the ever disparate but always heartfelt process of journeying home. In a world increasingly defined by mobility, the counterpoints of home and memory are important conceptual innovations featured in this work.

- Loretta Baldassar, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Author Biography:

Sabine Marschall is Associate Professor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her research interests include memory, commemoration, heritage and heritage tourism.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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