1st Edition

Affect and Emotion in Tourism

Edited By Dorina-Maria Buda, Jennie Germann Molz Copyright 2023

    Bringing affect and emotion to the forefront of tourism studies, this book presents a new generation of scholars who consolidate emerging affective approaches and establish a route for scholarship that examines the roles of emotion and affect in tourism.

    Attuning to affect and emotion, this book steers the affective turn to encompass touring bodies and tourism places. Engaging the concept of affect as a constitutive element of social life often leaves academics grasping for terminology to describe something that is, by its very nature, beyond words. For this reason, as evident in the four interconnected sections of this volume, studying affect poses a significant and fruitful challenge to the status-quo of social scientific method and analysis. From African-American emotional labour while travelling, to visiting Banksy's Dismaland park, to affective heritagescapes, self-love, and travelling mittens, and across socio-spatial theories of emotions, decolonial feminist theory, and atmospheric politics, this book demonstrates the epistemic and empirical richness of affective tourism.

    Along with the contributors to this volume, the editors make a case for thinking about emotions and affects through collective and individual practices as interrelated shaping tourism encounters in and with places. That is, to break it down as doing, and as shared between bodies and places through the doing. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Tourism Geographies.


    Mike Robinson

    Introduction: Attuning to affect and emotion in tourism studies

    Jennie Germann Molz and Dorina-Maria Buda

    Part 1: Emotion, Work and Power

    1. Jim Crow journey stories: African American driving as emotional labor

    Derek H. Alderman, Kortney Williams and Ethan Bottone

    2. Decolonising the ‘autonomy of affect’ in volunteer tourism encounters

    Phoebe Everingham and Sara C. Motta

    3. Mexican women’s emotions to resist gender stereotypes in rural tourism work

    Isis Arlene Díaz-Carrión and Paola Vizcaino

    Part 2: Feeling Places

    4. Presence in affective heritagescapes: connecting theory to practice

    Katherine Burlingame

    5. Beyond ‘a trip to the seaside’: exploring emotions and family tourism experiences

    Catherine Kelly

    6. Dystopian dark tourism: affective experiences in Dismaland

    Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia and Lénia Marques

    7. Summers of war. Affective volunteer tourism to former war sites in Europe

    Siri Driessen

    8. Traveler sensoryscape experiences and the formation of destination identity

    Junghye Angela Kah, Hye Jin Shin and Seong-Hoon Lee

    Part 3: Symbolic Sentiments

    9. Feeling opulent: adding an affective dimension to symbolic consumption of themes

    Namita Roy and Ulrike Gretzel

    10. Tourists’ savoring of positive emotions and place attachment formation: a conceptual paper

    Nanxi Yan and Elizabeth A. Halpenny

    11. Self-love emotion as a novel type of love for tourism destinations

    Dimitra Margieta Lykoudi, Georgia Zouni and Markos Marios Tsogas

    Part 4: Affective Epistemologies

    12. The ‘MeBox’ method and the emotional effects of chronic illness on travel

    Uditha Ramanayake, Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten and Alison J. McIntosh

    13. Attuning to the affective in literary tourism: Emotional states in Aberystwyth, Mon Amour.

    Jon Anderson and Kieron Smith

    14. Affective entanglements with travelling mittens

    Outi Kugapi and Emily Höckert


    Affective Railway Journeys in an Age of Extremes

    Matilde Córdoba Azcárate


    Dorina-Maria Buda conducts interdisciplinary research focusing on the interconnections between tourist spaces, people and emotions in times and places of socio-political conflicts. She conducts ethnographic work in such places of on-going turmoil like Jordan, Israel and Palestine. She is the author of Affective Tourism: Dark Routes in Conflict.

    Jennie Germann Molz teaches courses on emotion, social theory, travel and tourism, and family life at the College of the Holy Cross. She is the author of The World is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and the Rise of Worldschooling and Travel Connections: Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World.