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Transitional justice and the political 'work' of domestic tourism.

Light, D., Cretan, R. and Dunca, A-M., 2021. Transitional justice and the political 'work' of domestic tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 24 (6), 742-754.

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DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2020.1763268


The relationship between tourism and transitional justice is little-researched. This paper explores the importance of domestic tourism for enabling citizens to encounter and engage with wider transitional justice projects. This issue is explored with reference to a memorial museum in Romania which interprets political violence and state repression. Semi-structured interviews with 52 domestic tourists were undertaken (using purposive sampling to select participants) and the interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Most visitors reported general sightseeing motives for visiting the museum and may not have anticipated engaging with transitional justice messages. However, their engagement went beyond sightseeing in a range of ways. Visitors participated in acts of memory-work, acknowledged the victims of repression, and recognized the core message of transitional justice – “never again”. They also reflected on the relationship between the recent past and the present, and recognized the role of the museum as a resource for future generations. These experiences were shared by those who had lived through state repression and those who had not. The findings indicate that domestic tourism is a meaningful but overlooked context through which citizens can engage with broader transitional justice projects.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Transitional justice ; Domestic tourism ; Memorial museum ; Romania
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:34026
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 May 2020 10:12
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:22


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