By Tamara Plakins Thornton

During this attractive heritage, Tamara Plakins Thornton lines handwriting in the US from colonial occasions to the current. Exploring such matters as penmanship pedagogy, handwriting research, autograph accumulating, handwriting specialists, and calligraphy revivals, Thornton investigates the moving capabilities and meanings of handwriting, exhibiting, for instance, the way it got here to be associated with person id and the way in our instances handwriting displays a nostalgia for the prior and a rejection of modernity.

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After a period of considerable innovation in the 1970s, the rising costs of trail management have posed dilemmas for financially hard-pressed authorities, yet there is evidence that themed trails continue to be a popular form of development. Silbergh et al. (1994) define a themed trail as a route for walking, cycling, riding, driving or other forms of transport that draws on the natural or cultural heritage of an area to provide an educational experience that will enhance visitor enjoyment. It is marked on the ground or on maps, and interpretative literature is normally available to guide the visitor.

The opportunistic, accidental and aleatoric ways in which tourism alights on such themes, and the potential this has for “realizing” particular geographies demands attention if only for its seemingly limitless embrace of topics and places in the world. This spatializing potential raises particular issues and offers an opportunity to consider some of the contrivances at work in the late twentieth century which are subtly but perceptibly changing the cultural and physical geography of the globe. As tourism impinges on the remoter margins of the world, so it has been increasingly implicated in concerns about the cultural and physical wellbeing of the localities that it incorporates.

The question at issue therefore seems no longer to be one of whether tourism has become a potent agent of change, but of how to address the character of this change. In this chapter I wish to develop a geographical perspective in which tourism will be considered as a spatially differentiating activity which has the potential to realize different “geographies” in a semiological way. Tourism is, after all, essentially about making available a diverse range of geographical locations to potential visitors and thereby translating those locations into tourist destinations.

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