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Locating Imagination in Popular Culture
Place, Tourism and Belonging

ISBN 9780367492632
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
334 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.