1st Edition

Affective Tourism
Dark routes in conflict

ISBN 9781138083905
Published May 25, 2017 by Routledge
216 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

USD $56.95

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Book Description

This book brings together, explores and expands socio-spatial affect, emotion and psychoanalytic drives in tourism for the first time. Affect is to be found in visceral intensities and resonances that circulate around and shape encounters between and amongst tourists, local tourism representatives and places. When affect manifests, it can ‘take shapes’ in the form of emotions such as fun, joy, fear, anger and the like. When it remains a visceral force of latent bodily responses, affect overlaps with drives as expounded in psychoanalysis. The aim of the title, therefore, is to explore how and in what ways affects, emotions and drives are felt and performed in tourism encounters in places of socio-political turmoil such as Jordan, Palestine/Israel, with a detour to Iraq.

Affective Tourism  is highly innovative as it offers a new way of theorising tourism encounters bringing together, critically examining and expanding three areas of scholarship: affective and emotional geographies, psychoanalytic geographies and dark tourism. It has relevance for tourism industries in places in the proximity of ongoing conflicts as it provides in-depth analyses of the interconnections between tourism, danger and conflict. Such understandings can lead to more socio-culturally and politically-sustainable approaches to planning, development and management of tourism.

This ground breaking book will be of valuable reading for students and researchers from a number of fields such as tourism studies, geography, anthropology, sociology and Middle Eastern studies.

Table of Contents

Part One: Packing and Setting Forth 1. Packing Light, Feeling Down  Part Two: Arrival: Encounters with Affect, Emotion and Darkness in Tourism  2. Touring Affect  3. ‘Psychoanalysing’ Tourism  Part Three: Destinations: Affective Routes in ‘Middle Eastern’ Tourism  4. Routes in Dark Tourism  5. Locating the ‘Middle East’  6. Around Jordan – Switzerland of the Middle East  7. Crossing into the West Bank  8. ‘Between a rock and a hard place’ – Brief detour to Iraq Part Four: Re-tour  9. Conclusions 


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Dorina Maria Buda is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department for Cultural Geography at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her scholarship in geographies of tourism revolves around interconnections between affect, emotion and psychoanalysis. Adopting a critical approach, she particularly focuses on tourism in areas of socio-political turmoil.