Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero

Marita Sturken

In Tourists of History, the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America's innocence. Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks; the contentious, ongoing debates about memorials and celebrity-architect designed buildings at Ground Zero; and the two primary outcomes of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the execution of Timothy McVeigh. Sturken contends that a consumer culture of comfort objects such as a World Trade Center snow globes, FDNY teddy bears, and Oklahoma City Memorial t-shirts and branded water, as well as re-enactments of traumatic events in memorial and architectural designs, enables a national tendency to see U.S. culture as distant from both history and world politics. A kitsch comfort culture contributes to a "tourist" relationship to history: Americans can feel good about visiting and buying souvenirs at sites of national mourning without have to engage with the economic, social, and political causes of the violent events. While arguing for the importance of remembering tragic losses of life, Sturken is urging attention to a dangerous confluence - of memory, tourism, consumerism, paranoia, security, and kitsch - that promulgates fear to sell safety, offers prepackaged emotion at the expense of critical thought, contains alternative politics, and facilitates public acquiescence in the federal government's repressive measures at home and its aggressive political and military policies abroad.

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In Tourists of History, the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America's innocence. Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks; the contentious, ongoing debates about memorials and celebrity-architect designed buildings at Ground Zero; and the two primary outcomes of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the execution of Timothy McVeigh. Sturken contends that a consumer culture of comfort objects such as a World Trade Center snow globes, FDNY teddy bears, and Oklahoma City Memorial t-shirts and branded water, as well as re-enactments of traumatic events in memorial and architectural designs, enables a national tendency to see U.S. culture as distant from both history and world politics. A kitsch comfort culture contributes to a "tourist" relationship to history: Americans can feel good about visiting and buying souvenirs at sites of national mourning without have to engage with the economic, social, and political causes of the violent events. While arguing for the importance of remembering tragic losses of life, Sturken is urging attention to a dangerous confluence - of memory, tourism, consumerism, paranoia, security, and kitsch - that promulgates fear to sell safety, offers prepackaged emotion at the expense of critical thought, contains alternative politics, and facilitates public acquiescence in the federal government's repressive measures at home and its aggressive political and military policies abroad.

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[目次]

  • Introduction
  • 1. Consuming fear and selling security
  • 2. Citizens and survivors: Cultural memory and Oklahoma City
  • 3. The spectacle of death and the spectacle of grief: The execution of Timothy McVeigh
  • 4. Tourism and "Sacred Ground": The space of Ground Zero
  • 5. Architects of grief and the aesthetics of absence
  • Conclusion

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[目次]

  • Introduction
  • 1. Consuming fear and selling security
  • 2. Citizens and survivors: Cultural memory and Oklahoma City
  • 3. The spectacle of death and the spectacle of grief: The execution of Timothy McVeigh
  • 4. Tourism and "Sacred Ground": The space of Ground Zero
  • 5. Architects of grief and the aesthetics of absence
  • Conclusion

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この本の情報

書名 Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero
著作者等 Sturken, Marita
出版元 Duke University Press
刊行年月 2007
ページ数 xii, 344 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780822341222
9780822341031
NCID BA85618173
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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