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Constructing the identity of a nation : the tourist gaze at the Museum of Scotland

McLean, Fiona and Cooke, Steven 2003, Constructing the identity of a nation : the tourist gaze at the Museum of Scotland, Tourism, culture & communication, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 153-162.

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Title Constructing the identity of a nation : the tourist gaze at the Museum of Scotland
Author(s) McLean, Fiona
Cooke, Steven
Journal name Tourism, culture & communication
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 153
End page 162
Publisher Cognizant Communication Corporation
Place of publication Elmsford, N.Y.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1098-304X
1943-4146
Keyword(s) heritage tourism
national identity
museums
consumption
image
Summary In an era of global instability and crises of national identity, the role of heritage tourism in creating images of national identity has become an important area for research. This article considers the role of heritage tourism in constructing national identity in the nation of Scotland through the lens of the Museum of Scotland. It describes the findings of qualitative research undertaken with potential and actual target consumers to the Museum of Scotland. Three research questions were addressed: Does the Museum of Scotland construct (1) a vision of a `new' Scotland? (2) a symbol of a `real' Scotland? (3) a collective identity of Scotland? The findings suggest that heritage visitors actively identify through their gaze, constructing multifarious meanings of national identity that are dynamic rather than static.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Cognizant Communication Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032825

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of History, Heritage and Society
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