Dark Tourism, as well as other terms such as Thanatourism and Grief Tourism, has been much discussed in the past two decades. This volume provides a comprehensive exploration of the subject from the point of view of both practice - how Dark Tourism is performed, what practical and physical considerations exist on site - and interpretation - how Dark Tourism is understood, including issues pertaining to ethics, community involvement and motivation. It showcases a wide range of examples, drawing on the expertise of academics with management and consultancy experience, as well as those from within the social sciences and humanities. Contributors discuss the historical development of Dark Tourism, including its earlier incarnations across Europe, but they also consider its future as a strand within academic discourse, as well as its role within tourism development. Case studies include holocaust sites in Germany, as well as analysis of the legacy of war in places such as the Channel Islands and Malta. Ethical and myriad marketing considerations are also discussed in relation to Ireland, Brazil, Rwanda, Romania, U.K., Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
This book covers issues that are of interest to students and staff across a spectrum of disciplines, from management to the arts and humanities, including conservation and heritage, site management, marketing and community participation.
1. Is All Tourism Dark?
(John E. Tunbridge & Gregory J. Ashworth)
2. The Long Shadow: Marketing Dachau
(John Lennon & Dorothy Weber)
3. Prison Tourism: Exploring the spectacle of punishment in the UK
(Sarah Hodgkinson & Diane Urquhart)
4. Patrimony, engineered remembrance and ancestral vampires: Appraising thanatouristic resources in Ireland and Sicily
5. Death Camp Tourism: Interpretation and Management
(Gregory J. Ashworth & John E. Tunbridge)
6. Guilty Landscapes and the selective reconstruction of the Past: Dedham Vale and the Murder in the Red Barn
(Martin Spaul & Chris Wilbert)
7. A Culturally Constructed Darkness: Dark Legacies and Dark Heritage in the Channel Islands
8. A Light in Dark Places? Analysing the Impact of Dark Tourism Experiences on Everyday Life
9. The Undead and Dark Tourism: Dracula Tourism in Romania
10. Genocide tourism in Rwanda: contesting the concept of the ‘Dark Tourist’
(Richard Sharpley & Mona Friedrich)
11. Everyday Darkness and Catastrophic Events: Riding Nepal’s Buses through Peace, War and an Earthquake
12. From Living Memory to Social History: Commemoration and Interpretation of a Contemporary Dark Event
13. Experiencing dark heritage live
(Britta Timm Knudsen)
14. Dark Tourism in the Brightest of Cities: Rio de Janeiro and the Favela Tour