35 / 2012
Miha Kozorog

Marginalisation as a Context for Interpreting the Impact of a Subcultural Festival on a Local Community


The article discusses the positive attitude of Tolminians toward the Metal Camp international festival in Tolmin. This relationship can be analysed by taking into account the marginalisation of the area (also through emigration). The festival operationalises the tourism construction of the area, brings in a mass of visitors, and places the town at the centre of a certain imaginary geography. With it locals become proud locals. The concept of “geography of marginality” is proposed, which encompasses both the emic feeling of being located at the margin and the related production of geographic imaginaries which symbolically reconstructs and redefines existing geographic relations.

KEY WORDS: geographies of marginality, tourism, festival, subculture

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