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Title: Tradition, tourism and memory in Malta
Authors: Sant Cassia, Paul
Keywords: Tourism -- Malta
Memory -- History
Tourism -- Political aspects -- Malta
Heritage tourism -- Malta
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Sant Cassia, P. (1999). Tradition, tourism and memory in Malta. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 247-263.
Abstract: This article explores the political and semiological contests surrounding a city exposed to massive tourism, by describing the discourses of the state, the tourist industry, the heritage industry and the local elite. It suggests that nostalgia is a specific discourse about the past that elites can use to reinforce their position. It also suggests that history as a scholarly activity is a means of producing knowledge about the past, and heritage is a means of consumption of that knowledge. 'History' and 'heritage-tradition' are thus intimately related. Through heritage-tradition, the eminence of historians as producers of the significant past, and of heritage specialists as the custodians of tradition-as-history, are established and justified.
ISSN: 13590987
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