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Place Construction, Identity, and Capital Investment: An investigation of two tourist landscapes in Michigan

Show simple item record Stawarski, Andrew 2011-07-20T15:21:28Z 2015-10-01T14:37:01Z 2011-07-20T15:21:28Z 2015-10-01T14:37:01Z 2011-07-20T15:21:28Z
dc.description.abstract Tourist communities exist all over the world. They are areas that are focused on tourism and are often tailored to resemble specific regions or themes to better achieve capital gain. In this study, two cities in Michigan are examined to better understand how the cultural landscapes are experienced and what practices are employed throughout the landscape. Specifically, this thesis investigates the spatial practices that are involved in re-creating and re-presenting ―themed‖ landscapes. Another question analyzed is whether the ―themed‖ landscapes reflect the resident‘s daily lives and/or their histories. This thesis examines the two Michigan cities of Gaylord and Frankenmuth, re-presenting and re-creating Alpenfest and Frankenmuth, respectively, and their emphasis on tourism within their respective communities. To better understand the cultural environment and themed landscapes, digital images are used throughout this thesis of both cities. The data for these themed landscapes were geocoded and analyzed. Also, photographs of both cities were used to demonstrate that only modifications to the façade and additions to the structures were merely aesthetic in nature, and are not realistic but stereotypes of the regions they were representing.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Andrew Stawarski
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Lèfebvre, Henri, 1867-1923
dc.subject.lcsh Tourism--Michigan.
dc.subject.lcsh Gaylord (Mich.)--Culture.
dc.subject.lcsh Frankenmuth (Mich.)--Culture.
dc.subject.other Spatial practice.
dc.subject.other Place.
dc.title Place Construction, Identity, and Capital Investment: An investigation of two tourist landscapes in Michigan
dc.type Thesis May 2011
dc.description.committeechair Gatrell, Jay
dc.description.committeemembers Gregory Bierly
dc.description.committeemembers David J. Nemeth(University of Toledo) Master of Arts
dc.description.department Department of Earth and Environmental Science
dc.description.imprint Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute, Indiana State University
dc.description.itemidetd 20110720-010
dc.description.level Masters
dc.description.note Title from document title page. Document formatted into pages: contains 68p.: ill. Includes abstract.

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