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Thanatourism

Case Studies in Travel to the Dark Side

Tony Johnston, Pascal Mandelartz

ISBN: 978-1-910158-33-3 hbk; 978-1-910158-34-0 pbk


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Thanatourism, or dark tourism, is an increasingly pervasive feature of the contemporary tourism landscape. Travel to have actual or symbolic ‘encounters with death’ is not a new phenomenon and is now one of the fastest growing areas for debate and research in the study of Tourism.

Thanatourism is an important new overview of the growing field. It introduces more rigorous scholarship, new philosophical perspectives and a wealth of empirical material on the contemporary and historical consumption of death with case studies designed to stretch and challenge current discourse. Contexts presented in the book will include-
  • well known religious sites
  • battlefield locations
  • genocide camps
  • lesser known exhibition centres and a plague site.

It takes a broad methodological approach and discusses both research and teaching approaches in thanatourism as well as acknowledging its emotive nature. It is an essential new resource for all those who research or teach in the area as well as for upper level students.

Publication and Prices


Pub Date: October 2015
256 pages
Hardback: 978-1-910158-33-3 £75, Euro 96, US$ 120
Paperback: 978-1-910158-34-0 £29.99, Euro 36, US$ 48
Ebook: 978-1-910158-35-7 £36, Euro 36, US$ 48
A paperback copy is available on inspection to bona fide lecturers-conditions apply.

This book will be available from the publication date indicated above. If you would like to register your interest in buying the book at a 15% discount on publication please leave YOUR NAME, YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS and the BOOK TITLE at tim.goodfellow@goodfellowpublishers.com . We will notify you with the relevant details as soon as it is available.

Table of contents

Ch 1 Blogging the Dark Side of Travel: Consuming the Siege of Sarajevo (Tony Johnston)
Ch 2 Urban Exploration: Attraction of decay and abandonment or a first step in tourism development? (Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 3 Site Management and Consuming Death: The attraction of death, disaster and the macabre (Peter Wiltshier)
Ch 4 Goth Tourism: Sun, sea, sex and dark leisure? Insights into the tourist identity of the Gothic culture (Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 5 Deborah: Having a personal connection to what has been variously described as dark tourism, thanatourism, death tourism and macabre tourism (Tim Heap)
Ch 6 Museums of Genocide: The tensions between authenticity and the original article (Geoff Shirt)
Ch 7 ‘Don’t fear the reaper’: The value of understanding mortality in adventure tourism (Duncan Marson)
Ch 8 Life after the Black Death: How dark tourism sheds light on history - a case study of Eyam’s success in creating a future from the past (John Philips)
Ch 9 ‘Welcome to the Home of Auschwitz Tours’: The online marketing of genocide tourism (Tony Johnston, Francisco Tigre-Moura, Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 10 ‘Which part of this is on the exam?’ Journeys into darkness with school groups (John Heap)
Conclusion (Pascal Mandelartz & Tony Johnston)
Index

Table of contents

Ch 1 Blogging the Dark Side of Travel: Consuming the Siege of Sarajevo (Tony Johnston)
Ch 2 Urban Exploration: Attraction of decay and abandonment or a first step in tourism development? (Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 3 Site Management and Consuming Death: The attraction of death, disaster and the macabre (Peter Wiltshier)
Ch 4 Goth Tourism: Sun, sea, sex and dark leisure? Insights into the tourist identity of the Gothic culture (Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 5 Deborah: Having a personal connection to what has been variously described as dark tourism, thanatourism, death tourism and macabre tourism (Tim Heap)
Ch 6 Museums of Genocide: The tensions between authenticity and the original article (Geoff Shirt)
Ch 7 ‘Don’t fear the reaper’: The value of understanding mortality in adventure tourism (Duncan Marson)
Ch 8 Life after the Black Death: How dark tourism sheds light on history - a case study of Eyam’s success in creating a future from the past (John Philips)
Ch 9 ‘Welcome to the Home of Auschwitz Tours’: The online marketing of genocide tourism (Tony Johnston, Francisco Tigre-Moura, Pascal Mandelartz)
Ch 10 ‘Which part of this is on the exam?’ Journeys into darkness with school groups (John Heap)
Conclusion (Pascal Mandelartz & Tony Johnston)
Index

About the editors


Dr. Tony Johnston is Head of the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Studies at Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. He has previously lectured in Development Geography at King’s College, London and Adventure Tourism at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. His research focuses on the geographies of tourism and tourism impacts, including thanatourism, post-conflict tourism development and sustainable tourism.
Dr. Pascal Mandelartz is a lecturer in Tourism and Event Management at the School of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management at the University of Derby, Buxton. His research interests include the tourist bubble, tourism within the risk society and dark tourism. More specifically, his work examines attitudes, perceptions and response mechanisms of tourists that travel to destinations and attractions associated with death, atrocity and the macabre.

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