Everyday Wonderlands: Theme Parks and Citizenship in Argentina and Beyond

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies

Research interests:
Communities, Classes, Races, Contemporary History, Language and Literature (Spanish)
South America, South America
Project period:
15-Mar-2023 - 15-Apr-2024
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

Characterised by the cultural aesthetics of kitsch and hyperreality, theme parks offer visitors the opportunity to experience discrete individual worlds in an enclosed and secure environment. In Argentina, theme parks are enduringly popular sites of public recreation historically constructed by the state, where visitors interact with narratives of citizenship and national identity. The aim of this first substantial study of the topic is to investigate the unexplored history of state-funded theme parks in Argentina and how, during the Kirchner period of government (2003-2015), themed and immersive leisure spaces were central to the renovation of popular conceptions of citizenship and belonging. With Covid-19 and its legacies continually remaking how we experience leisure collectively, this project will provide a compelling and much-needed investigation of the complex interconnections between recreation, public space, and collective identity, in Argentina and beyond.

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Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Brigid Lynch Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies School of Advanced Study, University of London brigid.lynch@sas.ac.uk



Funder Grant type Award
The British Academy Small Research Grants £9,946.08