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Amusement Park : History, Culture and the Heritage of Pleasure (Hardcover) (John K. Walton)

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From the turn of the twentieth century, when amusement parks first sprang up in cities and seaside resorts across Britain, their mixture of fantastical architecture, technology and multi-sensory thrills resulted in an appeal that transcended age, gender and class boundaries for many decades to come. This international and interdisciplinary collection of original and thought-provoking essays explores the social history and cultural heritage of the amusement park in the UK and in international settings. Firstly examining the notion of modernity and the heyday of the amusement park in the UK, the volume then compares the UK’s experience with a range of international cases, before focusing on their decline, demise and cultural significance and finally concludes by looking at their heritage and protection. The book is timely, in view of the recent closure of many amusement parks in the UK and the forthcoming reopening of Margate’s Dreamland as the ‘world’s first heritage amusement park’. Presenting a unique blend of history, tourism and heritage studies, it provides a holistic and comprehensive overview of these ‘pleasure-scapes’, not only giving a detailed account of their rise and fall, but also offering important contributions to current policy-making and regeneration initiatives.
Number of Pages: 281
Genre: Science
Series Title: Heritage, Culture and Identity
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: John K. Walton
Language: English
Street Date: February 6, 2017
TCIN: 51706916
UPC: 9781472423726
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-1309
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