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Souvenir (Object Lessons) (edició 2018)
de Rolf Potts (Autor)
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Souvenir (Object Lessons) de Rolf Potts
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"Or as long as people have traveled to distant lands, they have brought home objects to certify the journey. More than mere merchandise, these travel souvenirs take on a personal and cultural meaning that goes beyond the object itself. Drawing on several millennia of examples--from the relic-driven quests of early Christians, to the mass-produced tchotchkes that line the shelves of a Disney gift shop--travel writer Rolf Potts delves into a complicated history that explores issues of authenticity, cultural obligation, market forces, human suffering, and self-presentation. More than just objects, souvenirs are a personalized form of folk storytelling that enable people to make sense of the world and their place in it"--
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)305.40971Social sciences Social Sciences Groups of people Women Women - subdivisions Biography And History North America Canada
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Bloomsbury’s look at common objects focuses on souvenirs in this edition. Starting at a shop that specializes in Eiffel Tower souvenirs and moves to the history the things we buy “to remember.” Souvenirs have a long history starting with collecting religious artifacts in the middle ages. The Sanctuary of the Ascension build over the spot where Jesus ascended into heaven has a paved floor except for the spot where the event occurred. No one wanted to pave over the sand and dust that made contact with the Saviour’s feet. This sand and dust became souvenirs to pilgrims who would grab what they could. More enterprising people sold sand to pilgrims claiming it was from the sanctuary. Other religious relics circulated. One would feel quite lucky to have purchased the head of John the Baptist in the Holy Land until he returned home and found two other heads of John the Baptist. Religious items were the first souvenirs collected by travelers. Later it moved to exotic animals and items and then moved to collectible teaspoons and postcards, and finally Chinese made Eiffel Tower keyrings.
Potts does an excellent job of connecting the object and the desire to remember places, and even show off places one traveled too. As traveling became easier the market for souvenirs increased. And if one does not want to actually travel one can buy online the same keyring sold in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. A well-written history of something we take for granted and an industry we support on almost all our travels. ( )