This book provides original, innovative, and international tourism research that is embedded in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological thought in the study of dark tourism.
It is almost 25 years since the idea of dark tourism was introduced and presented into the field of tourism studies. The impact of this idea was greater, which attracted a great deal of attention from different researchers and practitioners with a good range of disciplines and farther tourism studies. This edited volume aims to capture a glimpse of the types of cutting-edge thinking and academic research in the domain of dark tourism studies as well as encourage and advance theoretical, conceptual, and empirical research on dark tourism. The book also addresses several future research directions focusing on the experience and emotions of visitors at ‘dark tourism’ sites.
This book will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics interested in dark tourism. Other interested stakeholders including those in the tourism industry, government bodies and community groups will also find this volume relevant.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Heritage Tourism.
Table of Contents
Introduction to dark tourism
Rami K. Isaac
1. Dark tourism and World Heritage Sites: a Delphi study of stakeholder perceptions of the development of dark tourism products
James Kennell and Raymond Powell
2. Touring female crime: power and perceptions
Bailey Ashton Adie and Esther J. Snell
3. Commemorative insights: the best of life, in death
Martin MacCarthy and Ker Ni Heng Rigney
4. Does emotional engagement matter in dark tourism? Implications drawn from a reflective approach
Marianna Sigala and Effie Steriopoulos
5. Designing dark tourism experiences: an exploration of edutainment interpretation at lighter dark visitor attractions
Brianna Wyatt, Anna Leask and Paul Barron
6. Uncomfortable and worthy: the role of students’ field trips to dark tourism sites in higher education
Ilze Grinfelde and Linda Veliverronena
7. Dark tourism as educational tourism: the case of ‘hope tourism’ in Fukushima, Japan
Kyungjae Jang, Kengo Sakamoto and Carolin Funck
Conclusion: future research directions
Rami K. Isaac
Rami K. Isaac is Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. He was born in Palestine and did his undergraduate studies in the Netherlands, graduate studies in the UK, and has earned his PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research interests are in tourism development and management, critical theory, and political aspects of tourism. He published numerous articles and book chapters on tourism and political (in)stability, occupation, tourism and war, dark tourism, violence, and transformational tourism.