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Digital Revolution or Plastic Gimmick? Authenticity in 3D Souvenirs

  Mass-market production of souvenirs, their disposability and their mixed up, interpretive styling may detach the tourist from
the actual experience. Conversely, it is the personal relationship that
is formed between the tourist and the souvenir that makes the object authentic. The personalization of souvenirs, through 3D printing, offers opportunities for a different approach to manufacturing that influences notions of authenticity. In this way, it is possible to escape the serial reproduction of culture, engage tourists in the creation of meaning, and (re)frame the connections among them, their visited places, and their souvenirs. This chapter considers how the personalization of souvenirs through 3D printing technologies challenges and redefines existing notions of authenticity in touristic consumption.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    28 August 2018

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.4791 Tourist industry

  • Funders:

    Arts & Humanities Research Council


Anastasiadou, C., & Vettese, S. (2018). Digital Revolution or Plastic Gimmick? Authenticity in 3D Souvenirs. In J. M. Rickly, & E. S. Vidon (Eds.), Authenticity & Tourism Materialities, Perceptions, Experiences, 165-179. London: Emerald



tourism; souvenirs; 3D printing,

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