Tourists of history : memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero
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.
Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects -- United States.
National characteristics, American.
Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1995.
Popular culture -- United States.
Psychic trauma -- Social aspects -- United States.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
Souvenirs (Keepsakes) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Sturken, M. (2007). Tourists of history: memory, kitsch, and consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press.Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)
Sturken, Marita, 1957-. 2007. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press.Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)
Sturken, Marita, 1957-, Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.MLA Citation (style guide)
Sturken, Marita. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. Print.
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