Tourism Papers

Tourism Art and Souvenirs

The Material Culture of Tourism

By David L. Hume

Published 27th October 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in Tourism


The two draft papers added today to the Tourism Studies section for download — What Shape is your Elephant... Part 1 and 2—, represent extended research based on earlier conference papers. They have presented a bit of a struggle, to realise a suitable format. There is too much information to fit within the limitations of most academic journals, and not really enough for a second book should such be in the offing. Working in isolation, as a non attached, or perhaps vagrant, researcher, I do not have a network to develop a further option of an edited collection of extended chapters, on say the theme of animal or wildlife tourism.

The two articles are probably more suited to a longer integrated paper that would allow for comparative discussion, but I have formatted them in the following way in an attempt to comply with the aforementioned academic journal framework. The much needed comparative discussion will occur in Part 3 together with a summary of other elephant souvenirs and a conclusion to this research. Comment and advice in the formulation of the final section based on the first two parts is very welcome.

WHAT SHAPE IS YOUR ELEPHANT? The Art Heritage of Souvenir Elephants from the ASEAN Region: Part 2 Thailand

WHAT SHAPE IS YOUR ELEPHANT? The Art Heritage of Souvenir Elephants from the ASEAN Region: Part 2 Thailand
What Shape is your Elephant Pt 2 Thailan
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What Shape is your Elephant? The Art Heritage of Souvenir Elephants from the ASEAN Region: Part 1 Cambodia 

What Shape is your Elephant? The Art Heritage of Souvenir Elephants from the ASEAN Region: Part 1 Cambodia
What Shape is Your Elephant? A Survey of
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Wildlife As Contemporary Representations of Culture, Society and Heritage in South East Asia: The Case Of The Elephant

Wildlife As Contemporary Representations Of Culture, Society And Heritage In South East Asia: The Case Of The Elephant
This paper is part two of What Shape is Your Elephant and was presented at the APSA conference, Chiang Mai University 2014
What Shape is your Elephant Pt 2 Wildlif
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What Shape is your Elephant: A Survey of Souvenir Elephants for the ASEAN region

This paper traces the relationship between museum artifacts and contemporary elephant souvenirs from South East Asia.
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The Genealogy of the Tourist Gaze Part 1: Art History, Anthropology and Souvenirs

This paper discusses the development of the tourist gaze, as applied to the consumption of souvenirs and other objects and artifacts of visited cultures as a result of tourism. It presents the conflicting, but not disassociated values brought to bear upon souvenirs and other artifacts of tourism in an attempt to imbue value. This paper identifies common links between ethnographic artifacts and souvenirs collected during the latter half of the 20th century. I will achieve this through a survey of anthropological texts that have engaged with tourist art and souvenirs, plotting their influence on the study and development of souvenirs and the effect of tourism on traditional art and crafts.


The Language of Souvenirs

A Design Theory for the Production of Tourist Souvenirs: Three Discrete Groups - the Sampled, Crafted and Representative

The aim of this research is to discover and map the language and expression of souvenirs. That is, the way the tourist constructs a narrative discourse of the holiday experience and how that narrative of experience is sustained, through its investment in the souvenir, as the material anchor from which the experience is made whole.

Demonstrating through a survey of a broad range of examples, mostly from Australian World Heritage sites, this research firstly expands the binary categorisation of souvenirs, to establish a third discrete group: Crafted, resting between the conventional Sampled and Representative groups and then investigates the common expression and language involved in the representation of place and the recording of experience through the souvenir. Five key components in the language of souvenirs are deduced and graphically presented.

This analysis then leads to a method that expresses the descriptive data of individual souvenir artefacts, so that the patterns of the language may be analysed and implemented in the construction of a design theory for the production of successful souvenirs.


The Development of Tourist Art and Souvenirs: The Arc of the Boomerang

Peer review article: International Journal of Tourism Research. Vol.11 Issue 1 pages 55 - 70 January 2009


Wunderkammer 02 : An Exhibition of Art, Craft and Souvenirs from World Heritage Sites in Tasmania and Far North Queensland

Peer review article: Current Issues in Tourism Vol. 7 Issue 4-5 2004