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Lithuanian genocide heritage as discursive formation

Wight, A. Craig



This paper presents a synthesis of Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge and the concept of discursive formation to critique museums and sites of memory as spaces in which competing discourses of cultural identity emerge. The research context is the troublesome place of genocide and victimhood in discourses of occupation in Lithuanian museums and sites of memory. Analysis suggests that these exhibitions produce a rarefied field of knowledge around the ideas and concepts that they reveal, and, as discursive tourism texts, they play a role in maintaining the cultural identity of Lithuania. The contribution offers a novel, post-structuralist framework for understanding exhibitions as sites of discourse production, since it is the first study to deploy the ideas from Archaeology of Knowledge into an analysis of specific heritage sites.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2016
Online Publication Date May 12, 2016
Publication Date 2016-07
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 19, 2019
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Pages 60-78
Keywords Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge, Discursive formation, Heritage tourism, Lithuanian museums and sites of memory, Genocide and holocaust
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Contract Date Feb 21, 2019


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