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Heritage in the Digital Era: Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause (Routledge Advances in Sociology)

Heritage in the Digital Era: Cinematic Tourism and the Activist Cause (Routledge Advances in Sociology) [Kindle Edition]

Rodanthi Tzanelli

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What happens to traditional conceptions of heritage in the era of fluid media spaces? ‘Heritage’ usually involves intergenerational transmission of ideas, customs, ancestral lands, and artefacts, and so serves to reproduce national communities over time. However, media industries have the power to transform national lands and histories into generic landscapes and ideas through digital reproductions or modifications, prompting renegotiations of belonging in new ways. Contemporary media allow digital environments to function as transnational classrooms, creating virtual spaces of debate for people with access to televised, cinematic and Internet ideas and networks.

This book examines a range of popular cinematic interventions that are reshaping national and global heritage, across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australasia. It examines collaborative or adversarial articulations of such enterprise (by artists, directors, producers but also local, national and transnational communities) that blend activism with commodification, presenting new cultural industries as fluid but significant agents in the production of new public spheres.

Heritage in the Digital Era will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, film studies, tourist studies, globalization theory, social theory, social movements, human/cultural geography, and cultural studies.

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"Rodanthi Tzanelli is a leading analyst of how cinematic, tourist and political mobilities are complexly intertwined. In Heritage of the Digital Era she powerfully dissects five cases which exemplify many new intersecting mobilities within the digital era" -- John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

"This is a fascinating and timely book. Tzanelli takes us on a grand cinematic tour across the world in a penetrating discussion of the digital re-invention of heritage. The backdrop of these cinematic stories is the recovery of an original condition of human innocence and purity. But innocence is not to be had as politics and power are never far away" -- Vassos Argyrou, Reader in Social Anthropology, University of Hull

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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (5 Mar 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Rodanthi is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. She is an interdisciplinary academic with an interest in cultural globalisation and the communication between 'slow' and 'fast' mobilities. Her specialisms include intersections of media and tourism ('cinematic tourism') and the ways these trigger socio-cultural change (or not), as well as the ways the local survives in global cultural spaces (or not). Moving from questions of nation-building and migration to audio-visual forms of travel and digital tourism environments allowed for more synthetic explorations of collective imaginaries - both synchronically and diachronically. She has also engaged in art theory and media-related ethnographic research that explored the historical trajectories and social futures of ethno-cultural specificity in late (or liquid) modernity. Rodanthi currently maintains two websites and two blogs.

Rodanthi was Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds between 2007 and 2013. Between 2007 and 2011 she was Deputy Director, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, Leeds. She held visiting posts at Oxford (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 22 April-30 June 2012), the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe, Sociology, Lancaster University, 2007-9), a lectureship in sociology at the University of Kent (2004-7), a Research Fellowship in criminology at the department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University (2003-4), a temporary lectureship in European history at the University of Central Lancashire (2002) and a Research Fellowship in history at Lancaster University (2002). Her teaching experience spans many disciplines and subject areas (anthropology, media studies, sociology, history, criminology). Currently she serves on the International Advisory Board of the Ikarian Institute for Social and Political Research.

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