Memorial sites, sites of OC dark tourism, OCO are vernacular
spaces that are continuously negotiated, constructed, and
reconstructed into meaningful places. Using the locale of the 9/11
tragedy, Joy Sather-Wagstaffa explores thea constructive role
played by tourists in understanding social, political, and
emotional impacts of a violent event that has ramifications far
beyond the local population. Through in-depth interviews,
photographs, graffiti, even souvenirs, she compares the 9/11
memorial with other hurtful sitesOCothe Oklahoma City National
Memorial, Vietnam VeteranOCOs Memorial, and othersOCoto show how
tourists construct and disperse knowledge through performative
activities, which make painful places salient and meaningful both
individually and collectively.
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