Progress in dark tourism and thanatourism research: An uneasy relationship with heritage tourism.

Light, D., 2017. Progress in dark tourism and thanatourism research: An uneasy relationship with heritage tourism. Tourism Management, 61 (August), 275 - 301.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2017.01.011

Abstract

This paper reviews academic research into dark tourism and thanatourism over the 1996–2016 period. The aims of this paper are threefold. First, it reviews the evolution of the concepts of dark tourism and thanatourism, highlighting similarities and differences between them. Second it evaluates progress in 6 key themes and debates. These are: issues of the definition and scope of the concepts; ethical issues associated with such forms of tourism; the political and ideological dimensions of dark tourism and thanatourism; the nature of demand for places of death and suffering; the management of such places; and the methods of research used for investigating such tourism. Third, research gaps and issues that demand fuller scrutiny are identified. The paper argues that two decades of research have not convincingly demonstrated that dark tourism and thanatourism are distinct forms of tourism, and in many ways they appear to be little different from heritage tourism.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-5177
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dark tourism; Thanatourism; Ethics; Politics; Motivations; Experiences; Management; Interpretation
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29128
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 May 2017 13:42
Last Modified:02 May 2017 13:42

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