Transformation, meaning-making and identity creation through folklore tourism: the case of the Robin Hood Festival
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 14:26 authored by Sally Everett, Denny J. Parakoottathil
Folklore tourism is often regarded as a subset of heritage tourism, although it has received less attention than comparable heritage events based on documented historic events such as civil war re-enactments and living history sites. Although the ‘theming’ of landscapes and the journeying to places based on their literary association enjoys a long tradition, this paper focuses on the relationship between tourism and folklorism. It explores how folklore events appropriate contemporary and social interpretations of stories to entertain whilst also outlining how legendary historical personalities can play a role in generating tourism. In 2013, a constructivist methodology was employed using 20 in-depth interviews and participant observations to generate qualitative data at the Robin Hood Festival in Nottinghamshire, UK. Numerous themes emerged after coding including the way folklore events blend historic fact and fiction, the power of the imagination to create spaces, and the importance of natural settings and spaces to transform people and places. However, three dominant themes emerged which are specifically presented in this paper, these are: a) a sense of freedom and escape felt by participants, b) camaraderie and inter-personal social authenticity, and c) the transformation of self and creation of alternative (additional) social identities.
Publication titleJournal of Heritage Tourism
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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