Making space for tourists with minority languages: the case of Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter

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    This article examines the role of tourism as a motive and mechanism for change in contemporary cities, considering how the theming of space with tourists in mind necessarily involves other kinds of spatial and social transformation, and asking what role actual and hypothetical tourists play in local contests over space and representation. Looking closely at Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter provides an insight into how global fashions in place marketing, tourism and minority language promotion intersect with the particularities of areas to which they are applied. This paper argues that the superficially value-neutral, internationally recognisable language of economic development can be used both as a means of transcending, and a means of strategically negotiating, intense struggles over space, identity and status.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-64
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2012


    • construction (of place)
    • nationalism
    • sociolinguistics
    • commodification
    • social and cultural change
    • Northern Ireland

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