|Cultural heritage is increasingly becoming a source of economic endeavors. Some aspects of heritage are more entangled with cultural experiences, including the production of trust, of a sense of community, but others are more viable for commercialization. Tourism is one of the fastest growing branches of the world economy, and both Europe and the more recently industrialized world are trying to develop tourism where cultural assets acquire new values as nodes of attraction. These processes in themselves and their consequences for conceptions of heritage, living conditions in local societies, conflicts between preservation, conservation and development goals are receiving increased attention in research.
The research projects funded by The Swedish Research Council and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation focus on culture and children’s experiences (a project on the theme-park Astrid Lindgren’s World as an experienced economy, for example) and on how restoration of cultural heritage can help to stimulate economic growth (e.g., a case study on Nablus in Palestine).
Current research on tourism also studies how the coastline should be maintained in local planning, the use of world heritage to attract visitors, how events are created and the various conflicts that arise. Other projects are concerned with time travels, including digital time, as experiences, craft-based micro-entrepreneurs who benefit from tourism, as well as food and eating as experiences.
War memories and memorial sites (lieux de mémoire) are also a part of tourism research (e.g., studies of Cold War memories and memorial sites from the war that never came [to Sweden]).
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