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Popculture Tourism

Tourism Research Frontiers: Beyond the Boundaries of Knowledge

ISBN: 978-1-78350-993-5, eISBN: 978-1-78350-994-2

ISSN: 1571-5043

Publication date: 23 July 2015


Tourism in the wake of films, literature, and music is gaining interest among academics and practitioners alike. Despite the significance of converging tourism and media production and popcultural consumption, theorizing in this field is weak. This chapter explores complex relationships among popcultural phenomena, destination image creation, and tourism consumption. By taking a broader social science approach, it revisits and connects research themes, such as symbolic consumption, negotiated representations, fans and fandom, technology mediation, and media convergence. The chapter concludes with an integrative model, or “popcultural placemaking loop,” which is qualified through six propositions.



Gyimóthy, S., Lundberg, C., Lindström, K.N., Lexhagen, M. and Larson, M. (2015), "Popculture Tourism", Tourism Research Frontiers: Beyond the Boundaries of Knowledge (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 13-26.



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