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Representation of Bulgaria in and Through Tourism: The Dynamics of Traditionality vis-a-vis Transitionality

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This chapter presents the results of research into matters of traditionality and transitionality in Bulgaria in/through tourism. It critically examines the power of tourism to exhibit, legitimate and authenticate certain specific values, icons, symbols, and views on nationality and heritage in Bulgaria, and deals with the ways in which traditions have been constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed in the globalized world via tourism. It introduces the need for this type of research and gives a broad outline of Bulgaria – mainly its culture, history, and society – as well as of the importance of tourism to the country. It summarizes some of the main issues in this type of research and some of the key theoretical insights used to illuminate them. It delineates some of the most important theoretical insights derived from the study in the form of holding propositions. It establishes the main ontological, epistemological and methodological positions of the researcher and explores some of the research issues that this type of study encounters.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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