Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2020)

Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero Marita Sturken Tourists of History Memory Kitsch and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero In Tourists of History the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism kitsch sentiment and tourist practic
  • Title: Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero
  • Author: Marita Sturken
  • ISBN: 9780822341222
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero Marita Sturken In Tourists of History, the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America s innocence Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks the conteIn Tourists of History, the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America s innocence Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks the contentious, ongoing debates about memorials and celebrity architect designed buildings at Ground Zero and two outcomes of the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the execution of Timothy McVeigh.Sturken contends that a consumer culture of comfort objects such as World Trade Center snow globes, FDNY teddy bears, and Oklahoma City Memorial t shirts and branded water, as well as reenactments of traumatic events in memorial and architectural designs, enables a national tendency to see U.S culture as distant from both history and world politics A kitsch comfort culture contributes to a tourist relationship to history Americans can feel good about visiting and buying souvenirs at sites of national mourning without having to engage with the economic, social, and political causes of the violent events While arguing for the importance of remembering tragic losses of life, Sturken is urging attention to a dangerous confluence of memory, tourism, consumerism, paranoia, security, and kitsch that promulgates fear to sell safety, offers prepackaged emotion at the expense of critical thought, contains alternative politics, and facilitates public acquiescence in the federal government s repressive measures at home and its aggressive political and military policies abroad.
Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero Marita Sturken

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  1. Ryan Louis

    I guess it shouldn t be surprising how impacted I still am how I can easily bristle at the mention of the major violent events of my lifetime For me, the bombings at Oklahoma City, the shootings at Columbine and the events of September 11, 2001 are burned in as single ular moments Before reading this book, I hadn t really considered the snapshot like mentality I have in remembering these events Forever locked in a remembering of the moment, I am prone to remove the events from their context.The [...]

  2. Michael

    Sturken is spectacular on the OK City Memorial, but I think the historical commemoration of 9 11 is evolving too fluidly to write about with the same level of insight.

  3. Tristan

    This book is basically the launching point of my Master s cognate It investigates the odd decisions that happen when the task of memorializing something comes up In the United States, this involves 4 major things, consumerism, revenge, kitsch, and innocence.Consumerism These sites of disaster become tourist destinations The desire then becomes to turn these sites into a place that can generate profit.Revenge In situations like Oklahoma City, the execution of Timothy McVeigh became sites where Am [...]

  4. Ashley

    For me to review this book, I need to seperate the writing from the ideas The ideas were 4 star Sturken is a great thinker when it comes to notions of cultural memory, mourning, and representations of loss I adored her other book, Tangled Memories The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering, and this one is very much in the same vein However, the writing and organization in this one was just too much for me Two stars at best Hence, the three star rating It was incredibly [...]

  5. Dena Norman

    I admit I skimmed this Too textbook for my liking but incredibly interesting all the same From a cultural standpoint I can t see the correlations between OKC and Ground Zero Perhaps I would have had stronger opinions had I actually delved into this book as a serious study I m interested in this culture of memory as I currently work in a military history museum, but I couldn t devote my attention to her writing style That the first several pages were devoted to dissecting the meaning of kitschy s [...]

  6. Sunkist and Mango

    Author Marita Sturken is a professor and scholar of cultural studies, visual and popular culture This books offers insight in to how American s react to tragedy, as well as, how our society has grown accustomed to exploiting tragedy The destruction of twin towers on 9 11 01 is the prime focus of this book This was an invaluable resource in my graduate research on the artistic design and development of the 9 11 Memorial.

  7. Gina

    I really enjoyed this book It was well written and very though provoking Plus it discussed something that I never thought of before I recommend it to anyone that wants to read a book about how people remember and memorialize Oklahoma City and Ground Zero

  8. Tasha

    Very well written and interesting I think she took a lot of the arguments a little too far, but definitely worth reading for how we i.e Aemricans interact with our dead and suffering.

  9. Simon

    This is a fascinating account of an important, yet neglected area of American life in academic studies More works like this need to be written.

  10. Mike

    If I read this again, I might appreciate it a little , but when I read it right after Tangled Memories, I just didn t find that much interest in it.

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