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Coach Fellas: Heritage and Tourism in Ireland
Synopses & Reviews
The Coach Fellas are known to almost all tourists who traverse the Irish countryside. Ostensibly bus drivers, they are also the tour guides who provide the crucial component in the branding of people, place, and pace” upon which Irish heritage tourism depends. Kelli Costas ethnography of these highly trained and informed working class men highlights a previously ignored component of the tourism industry. She also demonstrates their importance in providing a visitor-specific vision of heritage that contrasts with the realities of contemporary economic development.
Book News Annotation:
Anthropologist Costa conducts an ethnographic study of heritage tourism in Ireland. She examines the discourses of heritage tourism and the relationship of heritage to archaeology. She also discusses the participants in Irish tourism, including the government and the tourists, while focusing on the "coach fellas," the tour bus drivers who also serve as tour guides. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Kelli Ann Costa received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied archaeology, heritage and tourism. She was a professor of anthropology at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire for ten years before taking a Fulbright Fellowship at the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2006. Now residing in Ireland, Kelli remains associated with the Dublin Institute of Technology and involved in the Irish tourism industry. She conducts accredited college tours of Irelands archaeological heritage sites, is busy with research, and lives in the Midlands surrounded by the people and places she loves.
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