Authenticity as a tale: architectural reserves

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Authenticity as a tale: architectural reserves

  1. 1. AUTHENTICITY AS A TALE : TOURISM IN ARCHITECTURAL RESERVES Assist. Prof. Ilinka Terziyska SWU Neofit Rilski
  2. 2. <ul><li>Subject of the study – authenticity; </li></ul><ul><li>Object – architectural reserves in Bulgaria </li></ul><ul><li>Aim – to set the basis of a theoretical model of authenticity in heritage tourism. </li></ul><ul><li>Method : qualitative study of tourists’ perceptions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Authenticity – the debate Wang – existential authenticity Activity-related 1) Objectivism Boorstin – pseudo event MacCannel – staged authenticity 2) Constructivism Cohen – symbolic authenticity Bruner – four types of authenticity – verisimilitude, original, true, authority Object-related
  4. 4. The questionnaire: <ul><li>1) Would you visit an architectural reserve? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Is authentic atmosphere important for you during your visit? </li></ul><ul><li>3) What would create the feeling of authentic atmosphere in such a place? </li></ul>
  5. 5. The word cloud
  6. 6. Types of authenticity (after Bruner) Re-enactment of customs & holidays Hotels with authentic motives in their furnishing Folk costumes in restaurants Authentic Historic sites Fortresses Revival architecture VERISIMILITUDE (reproduction) TRUE
  7. 7. Some semantic analysis… <ul><li>Veranda </li></ul><ul><li>Чардак </li></ul>Drinking fountain Чешма Used mainly in tales and songs; A symbol of prosperity, the public place in the house; communication place Used mainly in tales and songs; Association with romance, Symbol of generosity and prosperity
  8. 8. The quest for authenticity <ul><li>… can be a quest for the folk tale, an authentic story of real social structures intermingled with the unreal, the imaginary. </li></ul><ul><li>The concept of staged authenticity perceived as fakery should be reconsidered. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Two subgroups of tale-seekers <ul><li> Knowledge and Immersion </li></ul><ul><li>the Spectator and the Participant </li></ul>
  10. 10. The model: Authenticity continuum museum carnival tale
  11. 11. Implications for further research <ul><li>Additional research is needed to identify: </li></ul><ul><li>The profile of tale seekers (the two subgroups); </li></ul><ul><li>The ratio between tangible and intangible elements, the genuine and the reproduced; </li></ul><ul><li>The perspective of the local community. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Thank you for you attention! </li></ul>

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