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Memory tourism in a contested landscape : exploring identity discourses in Lviv, Ukraine

Godis, Nataliia and Nilsson, Jan Henrik LU (2016) In Current Issues in Tourism p.1-20
Abstract
The study explores divergent representations and cultural identity in a historically contested landscape. The first form of representations includes politically amended place marketing. It is analysed how public discourse on a city’s development and regeneration articulate inscriptions of local authorities to pursue political-economic agendas. The second form of representations is diaspora’s imaginary of a pedigree place that derives from genealogical research and travel. In this way, genealogy enables counter-memories to uncritical marketing and ‘alternative’ voices in recast of local history. A contested landscape is conceptualized in the framework of politics of past to reflect stakeholders’ present-day preoccupations. Two forms of... (More)
The study explores divergent representations and cultural identity in a historically contested landscape. The first form of representations includes politically amended place marketing. It is analysed how public discourse on a city’s development and regeneration articulate inscriptions of local authorities to pursue political-economic agendas. The second form of representations is diaspora’s imaginary of a pedigree place that derives from genealogical research and travel. In this way, genealogy enables counter-memories to uncritical marketing and ‘alternative’ voices in recast of local history. A contested landscape is conceptualized in the framework of politics of past to reflect stakeholders’ present-day preoccupations. Two forms of representations conceptualize spaces of dominance and resistance in Lefèbvre’s (1991) production of space. The empiric study is conducted in Lviv, a city with complicated past and national identity due to interchangeable powers. The fieldwork comprises the ongoing marketing campaign in Lviv launched in connection to Euro-2012, and the Polish, Jewish, and West Ukrainian diasporic representations. The findings show how the national and the Eurocentric meta-narratives embed the identity discourses of the official élite, and how diasporic texts suggest a genre of resistance to the marketing scripts. (Less)
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identity, place marketing, diaspora, historiographic representations, Lviv, Critical Discourse Analysis
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Current Issues in Tourism
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Taylor & Francis
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1368-3500
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10.1080/13683500.2016.1216529
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  author       = {Godis, Nataliia and Nilsson, Jan Henrik},
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Current Issues in Tourism},
  title        = {Memory tourism in a contested landscape : exploring identity discourses in Lviv, Ukraine},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2016.1216529},
  year         = {2016},
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