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Tourism and the ‘martyred city’: memorializing war in the former Yugoslavia

Naef, Patrick

Journal of tourism and cultural change -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group -- Volume: 14 3; (pages 222-239) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    Tourism and the ‘martyred city’: memorializing war in the former Yugoslavia
  • Author: Naef, Patrick
  • Found In: Journal of tourism and cultural change. Volume 14:Number 3(2016); 20160702; 222-239
  • Journal Title: Journal of tourism and cultural change
  • Subjects: Tourism; Heritage tourism; LCSH: Tourism; LCSH: Heritage tourism; Dewey: 306.481905
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT

    The present contribution aims to propose a definition of what is often referred to as a ‘martyred city’, a notion widely used in the media and the public sphere, but still largely understudied in academia. By looking at two cities in the former Yugoslavia – Sarajevo and Vukovar – this article presents the way in which a place can be associated with the notion of martyrdom through memorial sites and practices, such as war museums and tourism. The ‘martyred city’ is a way to memorialize past traumatic events, but also a means to achieve diverse agendas and objectives. It is finally stated that the distinction between ‘victims’ and ‘martyrs’ is often blurred, and a shift from the former to the latter can be observed.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1476-6825
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
    5069.704000
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100032562926.0x000001

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