Visitor Emotion, Affect and Registers of Engagement at Museums and Heritage Sites

Laurajane Smith

Abstract


Heritage sites and museums displaying history and culture are used in many different ways by visitors. Understanding the ways in which people use and engage with sites of heritage allows a greater understanding not only of the ways in which history and the past are understood, but more importantly how the past is actively used in the present by individuals. This use may range from the negotiation of contemporary social and political issues, aspects of personal, ethnic or national identity, and most importantly, the mediation of past and contemporary experiences that under pin ideas of identity.

Keywords


heritage; emotion; museums; heritage tourism

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1973-9494/5447

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