`This book confirms David Harris' status as a leading theorist in contemporary culture and leisure in the UK. He offers a distinctive, coherent and authoritative guide to the major concepts and debates that should engage leisure scholars and scholarship' - Dr Peter Bramham, Senior Lecturer in Leisure Studies, Leeds Metropolitan UniversityWritten with the needs of today's student in mind, the SAGE Key Concepts series provides accessible, authoritative and reliable coverage of the essential issues in a range of disciplines. Written in each case by experienced and respected experts in the subject area, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages understanding without sacrificing the level of detail and critical evaluation essential to convey the complexity of the issues.Key Concepts in Leisure Studies:• Provides a student-friendly guide to the key debates in leisure studies• Reflects recent developments in the field, encompassing related work in media studies, cultural studies, sports studies and sociology • Cross-references each 1500 word exposition to other concepts in the field• Offers definitions, section outlines and further reading guidance for independent learning• Is supported by the author's website http:/www.arasite.org/keyconc.html• Is essential reading for undergraduates and NVQ students in leisure studies.
There is a common view that managers of tourist and heritage sites or museums should make their sites more popular and attractive – hence the rise of visitor interpretation. Materials are displayed, routes are designed and sites reconstructed in order to assist the visitor in understanding the experience and gaining additional pleasures. The techniques are controversial and may involve the sacrifice of authenticity or historical accuracy.
[Page 258]Section Outline: Adding valuefor commercial and professional reasons.Postmodernism. Techniques and links with the media and with education. Management checklists and procedures. Visitor involvement and visitor re-interpretation.
Visitor interpretation has become a growth area in leisure and tourism in recent years, especially in heritage sites and museums. In one of those ironic collapses of distinctions attributed to postmodernism, there ...