Helaine Silverman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Heritage, Tourism and Community is an innovative book series that addresses these interconnected issues from
multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Manuscripts always are welcomed that consider heritage and tourism and their relationships to
local community, economic development, regional ecology, heritage
conservation and preservation, and related indigenous, regional, and
national political and cultural issues.
The series focuses on how archaeological and historic sites, specific
buildings, museums of various types, performances (intangible
heritage), and natural environments are all venues for the construction
and display of heritage by the tourism industry and by communities (up
to the level of the imagined community of the nation), sometimes in
consort with or opposition to each other (heritage as a site of
struggle). Of particular interest are policy parameters (including
those of the particular governmental and/or non-governmental entities
involved) and policy’s implications for the affected communities (for
instance, in terms of the construction of identity around heritage and
continued access to its tangible manifestations or participation in its
Also important to consider are recursive issues of representation: how
“others” are represented to tourists and how tourists are perceived by
the host (willing or not) community; the different meanings and
understandings of heritage held by different stakeholders that revolve
around sites/performances; gender issues (from tourism’s differential
impact on communities to how men and women travel); and the role of
various brokers such as tour guides and travel agents.
The volumes in this series are all single-author case studies. Each book conveys the key elements of a specific case of heritage
tourism development, highlighting the value of the case study to those
practicing in this field (anthropologists, archaeologists, public
historians, policy makers, urban planners, etc.). In addition, each volume is driven by theory and practical principles drawn from the cases that
demonstrate the book’s relevance to issues of concern to the series’
wide readership. Comparisons to other relevant case studies are also made so as to contextualize the monograph’s argument.
Volumes are never limited to purely descriptive studies of
individual heritage tourism projects and how obstacles were overcome in
Manuscripts will be 150-300 pages double-spaced (35,000-70,000 words),
with up to 40 illustrations. They are reviewed by the series
editor and appropriate members of the 10-member editorial board.
Proposals and letters of inquiry welcome, please email the series editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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