1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism

Edited By Christine Lundberg, Vassilios Ziakas Copyright 2019
    528 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    526 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive overview and holistic analysis of the intersection between tourism and popular culture. It examines current debates, questions and controversies of tourism in the wake of popular culture phenomena and explores the relationships between popular culture, globalization, tourism and mobility. In addition, it offers a cross-disciplinary, cutting edge review of the character of popular cultural production and consumption trends, analyzing their consequences for tourism, spatial strategies and destination competitiveness.

    The scope of the volume encompasses various expressions of popular culture such as cinema, TV shows, music, literature, sports and heritage. Featuring a mix of theoretical and empirical chapters, the handbook problematizes and conceptualizes the ties and clusters of popular cultural actors, thereby positioning tourism within the wider context of creative economies, cultural planning and multimodal technologies.

    Written by an international team of academics with expertise in a range of disciplines, this timely book will be of interest to researchers from a variety of subjects including tourism, events, geography, cultural studies, fandom research, political economy, business, media studies and technology.


    Part 1 Setting the Stage: Foundations of Popular Culture Tourism

    1. What is Popular Culture?

    Shirley A. Fedorak

    2. Tourism and Popular Culture: Socio-cultural Considerations.

    Rodanthi Tzanelli

    3. Synontological Spaces.

    Rhona Trauvitch

    4. Apocalypto and the End of Days: Basking in the Maya’s Shadow.

    O. Hugo Benavides

    5. The Commodification of Narco-violence through Popular Culture and Tourism in Medellin, Colombia.

    Patrick Naef

    Part 2 Broadening the Scope: Popular Culture Tourism Expressions

    6. Popular Culture Tourism: Films and Tourist Demand.

    Yuri Kork

    7. Film Tourism in the Golden Age of Television.

    Stefan Roesch

    8. Imagining the Medieval in the Modern World: Film, Fantasy and Heritage.

    Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost

    9. Tuning in – Setting the Scene for Music Tourism.

    Leonieke Bolderman and Stijn Reijnders

    10. Fado as a Popular Culture Expression in the Context of a Tourist City.

    Cláudia Henriques, Manuela Guerreiro, Júlio Mendes and Célia M. Q. Ramos

    11. Transactional Bodies: Dance, Tourism, and Idea(l)s of Cubanness.

    Ruxandra Ana

    12. The Voyeur at Leisure: Flânerie in a Miniature city – The Urban Phenomena of Madurodam.

    Maranke Wieringa

    13. Technology Adoption and Popular Culture Sport Tourism.

    Azizul Hassan

    14. Hunters, Climbers, Flâneurs: How Video Games Create and Design Tourism.

    Nicolle Lamerichs

    15. The Peculiar Attraction of Royalty for Tourism and the Popular Culture Construction of ‘Royal Tourism’.

    Nicola Palmer and Philip Long

    16. Sun, Surf, Sex, and the Everyday: Subverting the Tourist Gaze with Gold Coast Narrative Fiction.

    Kelly Palmer

    17. Fandom and its Afterlife: Celebrity Cemetery Tourism.

    Linda Levitt

    Part 3 Performing Fan Cultures: Popular Culture Tourism Fandoms

    18. Passing Through: Popular Media Tourism, Pilgrimage and Narratives of Being a Fan.

    Lincoln Geraghty

    19. A Thai Star’s Appeal to Chinese Fans and its Impact on Thailand Popular Culture Tourism.

    Lisa Yong Yeu Moy and Charuwan Phongpanichanan

    20. On the Road—Again: Revisiting Pop Music Concert Tourism.

    Carla Schriever

    21. Music Fans as Tourists: The Mysterious Ways of Individual and Social Dimensions.

    Maria Lexhagen

    22. "There Were Only Friendly People and Love in the Air": Fans, Tourism and the Eurovision Song Contest.

    Henrik Linden and Sara Linden

    23. The (Promotional) Value of Public-Spiritedness: Irish Football Fans at Euro 2016.

    Neil O’Boyle

    Part 4 Getting on the Map: Popular Culture Tourism and Place-making

    24. #LiteraryMe: The Legacy of the Bloomsbury Group on London’s Literary Village.

    Melanie Ramdarshan Bold

    25. "I Went to India to Find Myself": Tracing World Cinema’s Neoliberal Orientalisms.

    Rukmini Pande

    26. The Force Meets the Kittiwake: Shooting Star Wars on Skellig Michael.

    Ruth Barton

    27. The Narrative Capital of the Place: How the Millennium Narratives Generate Place-related Values and Attract Tourists to Sweden.

    Joakim Lind and Bengt Kristensson Uggla

    28. A ‘Touristed Landscape’: Speculations about ‘Consuming History’, Using a Case Study of an Australian Folk Hero.

    Michael Fagence

    29. Spain as the Scenery of Mass Tourism Phenomena – Between Elite Tourism and Popular Tourism: The Image of the Country through Cinema and Photography.

    Maria-Josep Mulet Gutiérrez, Joan Carles Oliver Torelló and María Sebastián Sebastián

    30. Playing at Home: Popular Culture Tourism and Place-making in Japan.

    Paul Mason and Gregory L. Rohe

    31. Travelling to Icons or Icons on Travel: Displacement and Representation of Places in Movies.

    Burcu Kaya and Medet Yolal

    32. The Indianization of Switzerland: Destination Transformations in the Wake of Bollywood Films.

    Szilvia Gyimóthy

    Part 5 Establishing a Common Ground: Popular Culture Tourism and Destination Management

    33. Film Tourism Stakeholders and Impacts.

    W. Glen Croy, Marieke Kersten, Audrey Mélinon and David Bowen

    34. Film Tourism Collaborations: A critical Analysis of INTERREG Destination Development Projects.

    Lena Eskilsson and Maria Månsson

    35. Growing Competition for Screen Tourists Activates New Destination Marketing Tactics.

    Valeriya Radomskaya

    36. (G)A(i)ming at the Throne: Social Media and the Use of Visitor-Generated Content in Destination Marketing.

    Tina Šegota

    37. The Influence of Culinary Movies as a Popular Culture Tourism Phenomenon in Shoot Destinations.

    Sara Forgas-Serra, Joaquim Majó Fernández and Lluís Mundet i Cerdan

    38. Visitor Experiences of Popular Culture Museums in Islands: A Management and Policy Approach.

    Nikolaos Boukas and Myria Ioannou

    39. Lifestyle Tourism: Combining Place Attachment and Involvement in a Destination Management Approach.

    Michael J. Gross

    40. Destination Development in the Wake of Popular Culture Tourism: Proposing a Comprehensive Analytic Framework.

    Kristina N. Lindström

    Conclusion: Building a Research Agenda for Popular Culture Tourism


    Christine Lundberg is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, Associate Professor (Docent) in Sweden and the co-founder of POPCULTOUR, an international research network on Popular Culture and Tourism. POPCULTOUR is the leading research network on popular culture tourism and events and brings together cross-disciplinary researchers across the world with a shared interest in tourism and events in the wake of popular culture phenomena such as film, TV series, literature, music and fashion.

    Vassilios Ziakas is Associate Professor at Plymouth Marjon University with a research interest in sport and leisure policy through the lens of an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to create linkages among the sectors of sport, recreation, leisure, tourism and events. His primary emphasis is on strategic planning for obtaining a range of sustainable community benefits. His research has been published in a range of leading journals and is widely cited. He is author of the book Event Portfolio Planning and Management: A Holistic Approach (Routledge, 2014).

    The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism takes an interdisciplinary and global view of the growing phenomenon of fan tourism, alternating and integrating lenses ranging from economics to politics, geography to identity, media studies to leisure studies. Each essay takes the reader along on a journey to many corners of the world, to discover the various expressions of popular culture that inspire our fascination and our passions.’ Lynn Zubernis, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

    ‘Paying particular attention to media/sports/music fandom, along with varied definitions of popular culture, Christine Lundberg and Vassilios Ziakas have collected together a host of important, innovative studies. Whether defining videogame tourism, analysing the fan-as-flâneur, or developing work on royal tourism, this Handbook offers a timely, authoritative, and international guide to the (academic) journeys and (synontological) destinations that are generated across contemporary pop culture.’ Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield, UK