Coastal heritage in touristic regional identity narratives: A comparison between the Norwegian region Sørlandet and the Dutch Wadden Sea area

L.R. Egberts, Dag Hundstad

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Abstract

Heritage plays a central role in narratives of coastal regions that promote them as places of leisure. This paper compares this role of heritage in Sørlandet (Norway) and the Dutch Wadden Sea area. Both regions have rich and related cultural histories, but at the same time exhibit striking differences in the role of cultural heritage and other aspects of heritage in regional identity narratives that are aimed at attracting tourists. We conclude that while the narratives of Sørlandet affirm a romantic, picturesque image of pre-industrial, societies, those in the Dutch Wadden Sea area frame this region as a pristine and timeless wilderness, in which human history has no place.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Coastal heritage
  • Dutch Wadden Sea area
  • Sørlandet
  • regional identity narrative
  • tourism

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