1st Edition

Locating Imagination in Popular Culture Place, Tourism and Belonging

    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    Introduction: Locating Imagination in Popular Culture: Place, Tourism, and Belonging
    Stijn Reijnders, Abby Waysdorf, Leonieke Bolderman and Nicky Van Es

    Part 1: Theorizing The Imagination
    1. Imaginative Heritage: Towards A Holistic Perspective on Media, Tourism, And Governance
    Stijn Reijnders
    2. The Open-Ended Ruin: Imaginative Authenticity as a Driver of Alternative Tourism 34
    André Jansson

    3. No Place Like Birmingham? The Politics of Immobility, Invisibility, and Resentment
    David Morley
    4. I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Head: How Music Triggers the Imagination
    Leonieke Bolderman
    5. Space, Lived Culture, and Affectivities in Stirring Imagination
    David Crouch
    Part 2: Mediating Place

    6. 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
    Anne Marit Waade
    7. Flying Down to a Cosmopolitan-Tropical Paradise
    Bianca Freire-Medeiros
    8. Following Oshin and Amachan: Film Tourism and Nation Branding in the Analogue and Digital Ages
    Elisabeth Scherer and Timo Thelen
    9. Touring the Videogame City
    Bobby Schweizer
    10. Locating the Literary Imagination: Broadening the Scope of Literary Tourism
    Nicky Van Es
    Part 3: Being There
    11. Toy Tourism: From Travel Bugs to Characters with Wanderlust
    Katriina Heljakka and Pirita Ihamäki
    12. On (Be)Longing: The Der Bergdoktor Phenomenon at the European Cultural Periphery
    Andreja Trdina and Maja Turnšek
    13. Live Event-Spaces: Place And Space In The Mediatized Experience Of Events
    Esther Hammelburg
    14. Fans and Fams: Experience and Belonging Aboard a Cruise Ship Music Festival
    David Cashman
    Part 4: Returning Home: Memory And Belonging
    15. Strange Spaces of Mediated Memory: The Complicating Influence of Roots on Heritage Tourism in the Gambia, West Africa
    Jason Grek-Martin
    16. How Stories Relate to Places? Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence as Literary Tourism
    Marie-Laure Ryan
    17. Placing Fandom: Reflections on Film Tourism
    Abby Waysdorf
    18. The National Theatre, London, as a Theatrical/Architectural Object of Fan Imagination
    Matt Hills


    Nicky van Es is currently Lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Next to teaching within the International Bachelor of Arts & Culture Studies, he co-founded the MA programme Tourism, Culture & Society (2018). Since 2013 he is working on research towards contemporary manifestations of literary tourism. Amongst his published research articles are "Chasing Sleuths" (Annals of Tourism Research, 2016) and "Capital Crime Cities" (European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2016), several book chapters and he is the lead editor of the edited volume Locating Imagination in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2020).    

    Stijn Reijnders is Full Professor of "Cultural Heritage, in Particular in Relation to Tourism and Popular Culture" at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on the intersection of media, culture and tourism. Currently he leads two large, international research projects: Worlds of Imagination, funded by the European Research Council, and Locating Imagination funded by the Dutch Science Foundation. He has published many research papers and has co-edited The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures (2014) and Film Tourism in Asia: Evolution, Transformation and Trajectory (2017).  

    Leonieke Bolderman is Assistant Professor, Cultural Geography and Tourism Geography and Planning at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research concerns the role of music, heritage and tourism in urban and regional development. She has published the monograph Contemporary Music Tourism: A Theory of Musical Topophilia (Routledge, 2020), and co-edited the collection Locating Imagination in Popular Culture: Place, Tourism and Belonging (Routledge, 2020). 

    Abby Waysdorf  is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the CADEAH project, researching how individuals and groups reappropriate and recirculate audiovisual heritage materials. She did a research master at Utrecht University in Media and Performance Studies, with a specialty in sport media and fandom, and her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where her dissertation, Placing Fandom, focused on film tourism and fan use of place. Her general research interests are audience practices and uses of media, fandom, the television industry, and how all of these things intersect.