1st Edition

Dark Tourism and Place Identity Managing and interpreting dark places

Edited By Leanne White, Elspeth Frew Copyright 2013
    320 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Dark Tourism, including visitation to places such as murder sites, battlefields and cemeteries is a growing phenomenon, as well as an emergent area of scholarly interest. Despite this interest, the intersecting domains of dark tourism and place identity have been largely overlooked in the academic literature and this book aims to fill this void.

    The three main themes of Visitor Motivation, Destination Management and Place Interpretation are addressed in this book from both a demand and supply perspective by examining a variety of case studies from around the world. This edited volume takes the dark tourism discussion to another level by reinforcing the critical intersecting domains of dark tourism and place identity and, in particular, highlighting the importance of understanding this connection for visitors and destination managers.

    Written by leading academics in the area, this stimulating volume of 19 chapters will be valuable reading for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students in a range of discipline areas; researchers and academics interested in dark tourism; and, other interested stakeholders including those in the tourism industry, government bodies and community groups.

    1. Introduction: Exploring Dark Tourism and Place Identity Part 1: Visitor Motivation 2. The Père-Lachaise Cemetery: Between Dark Tourism and Heterotopic Consumption 3. African Americans at Sites of Darkness: Roots-Seeking, Diasporic Identities and Place Making 4. Place Identity or Place Identities: The Memorial to the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre, China 5. The Contribution of Dark Tourism to Place Identity in Northern Ireland 6. Dark Tourism, Heterotopias and Post-Apocalyptic Places: The Case of Chernobyl Part 2: Destination Management 7. Pagan Tourism and the Management of Ancient Sites in Cornwall 8. Soviet Tourism in the Baltic States: Remembrance Versus Nostalgia – Just Different Shades of Dark? 9. Turning the Negative Around: The Case of Taupo, New Zealand 10. Commemorating and Commodifying the Rwandan Genocide: Memorial Sites in a Politically Difficult Context 11. Dark Tourism and Place Identity in French Guiana 12. Place Identities in the Normandy Landscape of War: Touring the Canadian Sites of Memory Part 3: Place Interpretation 13. Holocaust Tourism in a Post-Holocaust Europe: Anne Frank and Auschwitz 14. Dark Detours: Celebrity Car Crash Deaths and Trajectories of Place 15. Marvellous, Murderous and Macabre Melbourne: Taking a Walk on the Dark Side 16. War and Ideological Conflict: Prisoner of War Camps as a Tourist Experience in South Korea 17. Dark Tourism in the Top End: Commemorating the Bombing of Darwin 18. Darkness Beyond Memory: The Battlefields at Culloden and Little Bighorn 19. Beyond the Dark Side: Research Directions for Dark Tourism


    Leanne White is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the College of Business at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

    Elspeth Frew is an Associate Professor in Tourism Management in the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.