Memory and the everyday geopolitics of tourism: Reworking post-imperial relations in Russian tourism to the ‘near abroad’
This article examines the geopolitical implications of memory production in Russian tourism to post-Soviet cities. Based on fifty qualitative interviews conducted in Tallinn, Kyiv and Almaty in 2019, it reveals how, by remembering the shared Tsarist and Soviet past, tourists rework relations to places that used to be part of their own state. Tourist memories are ambiguous, showing imperial nostalgia for a former homeland as well as recognising the significance of national independence. Bringing together perspectives from memory studies and tourism geopolitics, this article illuminates how memory is implicated in the construction of geopolitical relations and shows the significance of everyday encounters that tend to remain below the radar of researchers.
Tourism as memory-making: heritage and memory wars in post-Soviet cities
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