The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies

  • Philip R. Stone
  • Rudi Hartmann
  • Tony Seaton
  • Richard Sharpley
  • Leanne White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Section 1

  3. Section 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-155
    2. Erik Cohen
      Pages 157-171
    3. Jeffrey S. Podoshen
      Pages 173-187
    4. Richard Morten, Philip R. Stone, David Jarratt
      Pages 227-255
  4. Section 3

  5. Section 4

  6. Section 5

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 509-513
    2. Avital Biran, Dorina Maria Buda
      Pages 515-532
    3. Mary Margaret Kerr, Rebecca H. Price
      Pages 553-583
  7. Section 6

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 639-643
    2. Geoffrey Bird, Morgan Westcott, Natalie Thiesen
      Pages 645-665
    3. Jenny Cave, Dorina Buda
      Pages 707-726
  8. Richard Morten, Philip R. Stone, David Jarratt
    Pages E1-E1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 747-768

About this book


 This handbook is the definitive reference text for the study of ‘dark tourism’, the contemporary commodification of death within international visitor economies. Shining a light on dark tourism and visitor sites of death or disaster allows us to better understand issues of global tourism mobilities, tourist experiences, the co-creation of touristic meaning, and ‘difficult heritage’ processes and practices.

Adopting multidisciplinary perspectives from authors representing every continent, the book combines ‘real-world’ viewpoints from both industry and the media with conceptual underpinning, and offers comprehensive and grounded perspectives of ‘heritage that hurts’. The handbook adopts a progressive and thematic approach, including critical accounts of dark tourism history, dark tourism philosophy and theory, dark tourism in society and culture, dark tourism and heritage landscapes, the ‘dark tourist’ experience, and the business of dark tourism. 

The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in aspects of memorialisation and morality in sociology, death studies, history, geography, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, business management, museology and heritage tourism studies, politics, religious studies, and anthropology.   


Dark Tourism Death and the Tourist Re-Animation of the Disaster Location Thanatourism Disaster Tourism Politics of Dark Tourism

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip R. Stone
    • 1
  • Rudi Hartmann
    • 2
  • Tony Seaton
    • 3
  • Richard Sharpley
    • 4
  • Leanne White
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.University of Central LancashirePrestonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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