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Post-holiday memory work: Everyday encounters with fridge magnets.

Byrom, J., Light, D., Medway, D., Parker, C. and Zenker, S., 2024. Post-holiday memory work: Everyday encounters with fridge magnets. Annals of Tourism Research, 105, 103724.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2024.103724


While souvenirs have generated considerable interest within tourism research, less attention has been paid to their post-holiday ‘afterlife’. Utilising perspectives from memory research and more-than-representational theory, this paper focuses on interactions with a ubiquitous souvenir: the fridge magnet. Drawing on semi-structured interviews we illustrate how, because of their embeddedness within everyday domestic rhythms, magnets are active agents in the stimulation of post-holiday memory work. We show how magnets work to generate and protect memories, triggering a diversity of (usually positive) emotional and affective responses. They can also be associated with ambivalent memories; with their role sometimes being more about forgetting. Although being seemingly banal objects, fridge magnets have a complex capacity to affect everyday life long after a holiday ends.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:fridge magnets; souvenirs; memory work; forgetting; place; tourist experience
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39409
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Jan 2024 12:37
Last Modified:25 Jan 2024 12:37


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