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Culture, identity, representation: the economic policies of heritage tourism

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Two US arts educators explore their experiences in cultural tourism; retracing the historical foundations of heritage tourism in the United States and those craft and economic development initiatives that have exploited both natural resources and the public imagination regarding regional populations' expressions and cultural representations. Focusing on Appalachian and Ozark mountain peoples, they offer recommendations for approaches to studying heritage tourism and suggest questions that might guide arts educators to embark on such inquiry.

Keywords: cultural tourism; economic policy; heritage; identity; representation and craft

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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