For many years, sociologists, tourists, and researchers have crossed out Las Vegas for being a “phony” and “inauthentic” city– absolutely nothing more than a “amusement park for grownups.” After all, in a short walk, a Las Vegas traveler can check out an old Roman city, the Eiffel Tower, one of the Great Pyramids, a middle ages castle, and New York City.
But for Marta Soligo– who was born, raised, and informed in Bergamo, Italy– a walk through the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and the Venetian deals insights on the “Italianness” that can be found in this American city some 6,000 miles far from her native nation.
Soligo, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and graduate assistant at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, is exploring the relationship between Las Vegas, tourism, culture, and authenticity.
” Our task as social researchers is to define the meaning that locations have for the people who experience them in different methods,” she noted.
Inspired by her Italian heritage, Soligo has actually spent nearly 4 years taking a look at Montelago Town at Lake Las Vegas for her dissertation work and is now taking a more comprehensive look into the Italian-themed resorts on the Strip. Attractions like the Bellagio, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas were all attentively modeled after numerous Italian cities, villages, monoliths, and traditions, so why do so lots of scientists compose these resorts off as “inauthentic”?