What is it about?

This paper explores the importance of domestic tourism for enabling citizens to encounter and engage with wider transitional justice projects. This issue is explored with reference to a memorial museum in Romania which interprets political violence and state repression.

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Why is it important?

This study is important because most visitors reported general sightseeing motives for visiting the museum and may not have anticipated engaging with transitional justice messages. However, their engagement went beyond sightseeing in a range of ways. Visitors participated in acts of memory-work, acknowledged the victims of repression, and recognized the core message of transitional justice – ‘never again’. They also reflected on the relationship between the recent past and the present, and recognized the role of the museum as a resource for future generations. These experiences were shared by those who had lived through state repression and those who had not.

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The findings indicate that domestic tourism is a meaningful but overlooked context through which citizens can engage with broader transitional justice projects.

Dr Remus Cretan
west university of Timisoara

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This page is a summary of: Transitional justice and the political ‘work’ of domestic tourism, Current Issues in Tourism, May 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2020.1763268.
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