The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self

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Scott A. Lukas
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 336 sayfa
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The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self is the first edited collection focused on the significance of the theme space. The first section of the text discusses the ways in which theming acts as a form of authenticity. Included are articles on the theme park Dollywood, the historic Coney Island, the uses of theming in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Las Vegas Strip. Section two considers theming as a reflection of nation, and its authors focus on Chinese theme parks and shopping malls, the Lost City theme park in South Africa, and the Ain Diab resort district in Casablanca. The third section of the book illustrates how theming often targets the person--whether famous or everyday. The authors look at spaces ranging from the Liverpool John Lennon Airport, love hotels in Japan, and the Houston, Texas theme park AstroWorld. The final section emphasizes theming as a projection of the mind and psychology. The authors focus on behind-the-scenes tourism at Universal Studios and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the use of theming in unexpected spaces like Florida themed clinics, theming in virtual reality spaces of video games, and the social controversies related to theming in various parts of the world. The book includes a comprehensive bibliography on theming and a list of key terms. The Themed Space is of great interest to students of all levels and scholars of anthropology, urban studies and sociology.

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The Themed Space Locating Culture Nation and Self
Torque Dollywood Pigeon Forge and Authentic Feeling in the Smoky Mountains
Luna Parks Fantasy World and Dreamlands White City Fire Spectacles at Coney Island as Elemental Performativity
From Downtown to Theme Town Reinventing Americas Smaller Historic Retail Districts
Theming as a Sensory Phenomenon Discovering the Senses on the Las Vegas Strip
The Landscape of Power Imagineering Consumer Behavior at Chinas Theme Parks
Theming Mythical Africa at the Lost City
Leisure Space Thematic Style and Cultural Exclusion in Casablanca
How the Theme Park Gets Its Power Lived Theming Social Control and the Themed Worker Self
BehindtheScenes Spaces Promoting Production in a Landscape of Consumption
The Experience of a Lifestyle
Themed Environments and Virtual Spaces Video Games Violent Play and Digital Enemies
A Politics of Reverence and Irreverence Social Discourse on Theming Controversies
Key Terms
Selected Bibliography

Above Us Only Sky Themes Simulations and Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Love Hotels Sex and the Rhetoric of Themed Spaces
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Scott A. Lukas is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Lake Tahoe College.

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