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Commodification and politicization of heritage: implications for heritage tourism at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi (Vietnam)

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Bui, Huong T.; Lee, Timothy J.

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Abstract "The current study deconstructs the process of turning heritage resources into tourism products. A case study of the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, provides an in-depth understanding of the plural use of heritage. Findings from the study reveal issues of heritage dissonance inherent in the process of resource selection, interpretation, and targeting for different audiences. It is apparent that commodification cannot be separated from the politicization of heritage. In the case of heritage of national importance and international significance, politicization has been prioritized and results in diminishing the utilization of heritage for commercial purposes such as tourism." (author's abstract)
Keywords tourism; cultural heritage; national identity; cultural identity; politicization; economization; visitor; tourist; expectation; Vietnam; Southeast Asia
Classification Leisure Research
Free Keywords commodification; UNESCO World Heritage
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 187-202
Journal ASEAS - Österreichische Zeitschrift für Südostasienwissenschaften, 8 (2015) 2
Issue topic Tourism and development
ISSN 1999-253X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works