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As an anthropologist, educator, former theme park trainer, and consultant, I have had many opportunities to engage in worlds of writing whose topics have included theme parks, themed spaces, cultural remaking, video games, film remakes, educational theory, gender studies, criminology, among other topics. 


This page features much of this work, organized from the top-down with Books, Chapters in Books, Articles, Reviews & Entries, Popular Pieces, Unpublished Drafts, and Bibliographies.


Keep in mind that you may click on an image or a text link to read a pdf version of my writing. I hope you enjoy the topics, themes, and perspectives that I have shared. 

Books

Theme Park

Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology, and culture in surprising ways for more than a century, as Scott Lukas now reveals in his compelling historical chronicle.

Theme Park (Arabic)

The Arabic translation of Theme Park.

The Immersive Worlds Handbook

Scott Lukas, famed industry expert on designing themed spaces, brings you a book that focuses on the imaginative world of themed, immersive and consumer spaces. Whether or not you are involved in designing a theme park, cultural museum, shop, or other entertainment space, you will benefit from the insider tips, experiences, and techniques highlighted in this practical guide. Make your themed spaces come to life and become true, immersive worlds.

The Themed Space

The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self is the first edited collection focused on the significance of the theme space.

Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation

This collection was inspired by the observation that film remakes offer us the opportunity to revisit important issues, stories, themes, and topics in a manner that is especially relevant and meaningful to contemporary audiences. Like mythic stories that are told again and again in differing ways, film remakes present us with updated perspectives on timeless ideas. 

Recent Developments in Criminological Theory

This volume contains recent and cutting-edge articles from leading criminological theorists. The book is organized into ten sections, each representing the latest in the multi-disciplinary orientations representing a cross-section of contemporary criminological theory.  The articles were selected based on their contributions to advancing the field, including ways in which the authors of each chapter understand the current theoretical tendencies of their respective approaches and how they envision the future of their theories.

A Reader in Themed & Immersive Spaces

Since the late 2000s, the themed space has been the subject of widespread analysis and criticism in academic communities as well as a popular source of entertainment for people around the world. This collection in themed and immersive spaces brings together researchers, critics, and design professionals from around the world to consider the many cultural, political, historical, aesthetic, existential, and design contexts of themed and immersive spaces.

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Strategies in Teaching Anthropology

Strategies in Teaching Anthropology is the sixth edition of the popular guide to anthropological pedagogical techniques.

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CHAPTERS (CLICK ON IMAGE TO READ)

Heritage as Remaking

Heritage as Remaking: Locating Heritage in the Contemporary World. In The Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice, edited by Neil Asher Silberman and Angela Labrador, Oxford University Press. 

The Value of Research

The Value of Research in Themed and Immersive Spaces, CLADBook, 2018. (Coming soon)

Between Simulation and Authenticity

Between Simulation and Authenticity: The Question of Urban Remaking. In Urban Design Companion: A Sequel, edited by Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Routledge, 2018. (Coming soon)

Why Immersion Matters

Why Immersion Matters. CLADBook, 2017. 

The Cultures of Tiki

The Cultures of Tiki. In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Time and Temporality in the Worlds of Theme Parks

Time and Temporality in the Worlds of Theme Parks. In “Here You Leave Today”: Time and Temporality in Theme Parks, edited by Filippo Carlà, Florian Freitag, Sabrina Mittermeier, and Ariane Schwarz. Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2016.

Introduction

In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Dark Theming Reconsidered

In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

A Politics of Reverence and Irreverence

A Politics of Reverence and Irreverence: Social Discourse on Theming Controversies. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.

How the Theme Park Got Its Power: The World’s Fair as Cultural Form

How the Theme Park Got Its Power: The World’s Fair as Cultural Form. In Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader. Celia Pearce et. al. eds. Etc Press, 2013. 

Theming and Immersion in the Space of the Future

 In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Judgments Passed

In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Research in Themed and Immersive Spaces

 In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Questioning “Immersion”

 In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

From Themed Space to Lifespace

From Themed Space to Lifespace. In Staging the Past: Themed Environments in Transcultural Perspectives. Judith Schlehe, Carolyn Oesterle, Michiko Uike-Bormann, Wolfgang Hochbruck, eds. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2010.

Research Dialogue: The Place of the Future

In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Research Dialogue: The Ways of Design, Architecture, Technology, and Material Form

In A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces. ETC (Carnegie Mellon University), 2016.

Theming as a Sensory Phenomenon

Theming as a Sensory Phenomenon: Discovering the Senses on the Las Vegas Strip. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.

The Themed Space

The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007. 

How the Theme Park Gets Its Power

How the Theme Park Gets Its Power: Lived Theming, Social Control, and the Themed Worker Self. In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self. Scott A. Lukas, ed. Lexington Books, 2007.

Behind the Barrel

Behind the Barrel: Reading the Cultural History of the Gun in Video Games. In Joystick Soldiers: The Military/War Video Games Reader. Nina Huntemann and Matt Payne, eds. Routledge, 2008.

Lake View

Lake View. In Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life at the Lake. Bona Fide Books, 2012. 

Horror Video Game Remakes and the Question of Medium

Horror Video Game Remakes and the Question of Medium: Remaking DoomSilent Hill, and Resident Evil. In Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade. Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz, eds. Lexington Books, 2008.

Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade

Introduction: Fear, Cultural Anxiety, Transformation and the Film Remake. In Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade. Scott A. Lukas and John Marmysz, eds. Lexington Books, 2008.

The Hummer as Cultural and Political Myth

The Hummer as Cultural and Political Myth: A Multi-Sited Ethnographic Analysis. In The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture. Elaine Cardenas and Ellen Gorman, eds. Lexington Books, 2007. (Coming soon)

An American Theme Park

An American Theme Park: Working and Riding Out Fear in the Late Twentieth Century. In Late Editions 6, Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation. George E. Marcus, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

The Role of Women’s and Gender Studies in Advancing Gender Equity

The Role of Women’s and Gender Studies in Advancing Gender Equity. In Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education. Sue Klein, ed. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2007.

Improving Gender Equity in Postsecondary Education

Improving Gender Equity in Postsecondary Education. In Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education. Sue Klein, ed. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2007.

Teaching ‘Authenticity’

Teaching ‘Authenticity’: Critical Thinking and the Cultural Form. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, Prentice-Hall, 2010.

Teaching as a Form of Anthropology, Anthropology as a Form of Teaching

Teaching as a Form of Anthropology, Anthropology as a Form of Teaching. In The Joys of Teaching Anthropology. Patricia Rice, Conrad Kottak, and David McCurdy, ed. Prentice-Hall, 2007.

Online Anthropology

Online Anthropology: Classroom Approaches and Resources for Teaching. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 5thEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, ed. Prentice-Hall, 2008.

Teaching Taxonomy

Teaching Taxonomy in Physical/Biological Anthropology Classes. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 4thEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2006.

Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed

Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed: Power, Reflexivity, Critical Thinking in the Anthropology Classroom. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 3rdEdition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2004.

Teaching Cultural Anthropology through Mass & Popular Culture

Teaching Cultural Anthropology through Mass and Popular Culture: Seven Pedagogical Methods for the Classroom. In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Patricia Rice and David McCurdy, eds. Prentice-Hall, 2002.

Postmodern Spaces of Berlin

Postmodern Spaces of Berlin: Beyond the Confines of History, Self, and the Real. In Thinking ThroughThings: Identity, Temporality, and Longing through Artifacts, edited by Ellen Avitts, Kristin Noone, and Juneko J. Robinson, 2018. (Coming soon)

ARTICLES

Making Sense

Effective Designing for the Senses, Attractions Management(2017), with Joel Beckerman and Gordon Grice.

Keeping It Real (on Authenticity)

Keeping It Real (on Authenticity), Attractions Management1 (2017).

A Tour of Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum

A Tour of Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, Attractions Management4 (2016). 

Should Architecture Be Entertaining?

Should Architecture Be Entertaining? OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects Fall 2016.

Controversial Topics

Controversial Topics: Pushing the Limits in Themed and Immersive Spaces (Masterclass), Attractions Management20 (Quarter 4, 2015).

Cultural Thresholds at World Expo 2015 (Milan)

Cultural Thresholds at World Expo 2015 (Milan). OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects 23, no. 4 (Winter 2015/2016).

Thresholds and Themed and Immersive Spaces

Thresholds and Themed and Immersive Spaces. OAA Perspectives: The Journal of the Ontario Association of Architects23, no. 4 (Winter 2015/2016

The Theming of Everyday Life

The Theming of Everyday Life: Mapping the Self, Life Politics, and Cultural Hegemony on the Las Vegas Strip. CCHA Journal, Vol. 27 (2006-2007).

“FOAM”

“FOAM” (excerpts). The Kokanee, 2010. (Coming soon)

Anthropology in Simulation World

Anthropology in Simulation World. Anthropology News, January 2009.

“SLOing” Anthropology?

“SLOing” Anthropology? Reflections on Outcome-Based Education. Anthropology News, September 2010.

The Actors behind the Curtain

The Actors behind the Curtain: Representation of Women Faculty in Community College Institutional Decision-making. In Gendered Perspectives on Community Colleges. ed. Jaime Lester, Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Fragments of Memories of the World Thinking Me

Fragments of Memories of the World Thinking Me. International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Volume 3(2). 

The Theme Park and the Figure of Death

The Theme Park and the Figure of Death, “Death Narratives,” Special Issue of InterCulture, Volume 2, May 2005. 

NEVERMOREPRINT

NEVERMOREPRINT. In “Print,” Special Issue of M/C Journal, 8(2), January 2005

Beyond Alphabets: An Interview with Stephen A. Tyler

Beyond Alphabets: An Interview with Stephen A. Tyler. POMO Magazine2(1): 11-30.

A Space of Possession

A Space of Possession: Evocative Anthropology. POMO Magazine1(1): 79-92.

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Review Article, Baudrillard: A Critical Reader

Review article, Baudrillard: A Critical Reader, edited by Douglas Kellner. POMO Magazine1(2): 73-78, 1995.

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BIBLIOGRAPHIES

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The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self

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